2013 Preview Saint Anselm College Hawks

Saint Anselm College Hawks

The Saint Anselm College Hawks finished the 2012 season with an 8-7 record. It was the Hawks’ first winning season under Head Coach Steve Gaudreau. This will be coach Gaudreau’s fourth season at the helm of the program. The 2012 season saw the Hawks qualify for the Northeast 10 tournament as the #5 seed, but they lost in the quarterfinals to Saint Michael’s, 8-4. According to Coach Gaudreau, heading into the 2013 season the Saint Anselm Hawks, “are hoping to build on last year’s success and develop a consistent approach that will last over the course of a fourteen game season.” Last year’s success has definitely impressed some, as the Hawks are ranked third in the NEILA Division II preseason poll.

To continue their success from last season, the Hawks will look to the following student-athletes in 2013; Jonathon O’Reilly, Sam MacDonald, Tom Gardner and James Brine on the defensive side, while the offense will run through Andrew Messner, Ryan Mee, Geoff Kennedy and Jake Mallinson.

Jonathon O’Reilly is a senior goalkeeper. O’Reilly finished 2012 with 147 saves, a .593 save percentage and a 6.81 goals against average. He was a NEILA All-New England selection in 2012.

Sam MacDonald is a junior defenseman. MacDonald had 9 groundballs in 2012.

Tom Gardner is a junior defenseman. Gardner had 15 groundballs in 2012.

James Brine is a senior midfielder. Brine had 1 assist and 42 groundballs in 2012 from his short stick defensive midfield position.

Andrew Messner is a junior attackman. Messner was a 2nd team All-Northeast10 selection in 2012. He finished 2012 with 17 goals and 17 assists, both were team highs.

Ryan Mee is a junior midfielder. Mee has second on the team in points in 2012. He finished with 14 goals and 10 assists.

Geoff Kennedy is a sophomore attackman. Kennedy was an All-Rookie Northeast10 selection as a freshman in 2012. He finished 2012 with 15 goals and 7 assists.

Jake Mallinson is a junior midfielder. Mallinson finished 2012 with 13 goals and 7 assists.

With all of that young talent on both sides of the ball, this could be a breakout year for the Saint Anselm Hawks.

The Hawks are dedicating this season to the memory of James Brine III. He is the father of current captain and midfielder James Brine. James Brine III passed away this past summer. Coach Gaudreau goes on to say, “Mr. Brine embodied everything we value and hope to represent as a team.”

In the Northeast10, the favorite is LeMoyne, according to Coach Gaudreau. He says they return a very talented group, but also says that Merrimack might challenge LeMoyne for the Northeast10 crown. A dark-horse in the Northeast10 could be Saint Rose this spring. Coach Gaudreau says, “they had a great first season last year, and will surely make an impact in our conference.” Players that NE Lax Blog will keep an eye on this spring in the Northeast10 are Marty Vanzo from Saint Michael’s and Corey Lunney from Merrimack.