MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) scored a pair of goals to tie the game twice, but the Saint Anselm men’s lacrosse team gave up three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter and fell to No. 6 New York Institute of Technology, 8-5, Wednesday afternoon as they opened their 2012-13 home slate at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks fall to 0-1 on the young season, while the Bears will improve to a perfect 3-0.
NYIT struck first just past the halfway point of the first quarter when Cory Triola caught a pass from Luke Miller and sent it to the back of the net to stake claim on the 1-0 lead. Saint Anselm netted the equalized as senior Daniel Sullivan (Rumford, R.I) fired the ball past NYIT goalkeeper Joe Fallon with 2:28 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Hawks then took the lead, 2-1, to open the second quarter, as sophomore Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.) recorded his first goal of the season. The Bears responded with a score at 9:35 when Ryan Brunet whipped the ball past senior Jonathon O’Reilly (Plano, Texas).
NYIT took back the lead a minute-and-a-half later when Mike Ross connected with a feed from Tim Brooks to gain the 3-2 edge. Saint Anselm came with the answer, however, with 1:18 remaining in the quarter when Kennedy found the net for the first time in the contest.
Cory Triola picked up a pass from Shawn Murphy two minutes into the third quarter giving the Bears a one-goal edge, before Kennedy struck again just 18 seconds later to knot the game at four apiece.
To close scoring in the third quarter, Miller captured a goal of his own on a pass from A.P. Nist, giving the bears a 5-4 advantage heading into the final quarter.
With 8:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, junior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) tied the game for one last time, before the Hawks gave up three straight goals to the Bears, bringing the game to its final score of 8-5.
O’Reilly made 15 saves, while Fallon was called upon to make 11. NYIT held a 39-29 advantage in shots. Both teams were 0-1 with the extra-man. Faceoffs were nearly even as the Bears owned a 9-8 margin.
The Hawks will return to action Saturday, March 9 when they play host to 12th-ranked Molloy College at Grappone.