St. Anselm Men’s Lax Comes Up Short in 12-10 Battle With #3 Merrimack

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.) scored four goals and added an assist for five points, but the Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse fell to No. 3 Merrimack College, 12-10 under the lights at Grappone Stadium on Wednesday evening.

With the loss, the Hawks dip to 3-8 overall and 3-6 in the Northeast-10 conference, while the Warriors surge to a 9-1 overall record and an untarnished 8-0 in league play.

At the 3:05 mark of the opening period, Merrimack claimed a 1-0 edge, before Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) tallied the equalizer for the Hawks on a pass from Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.). Saint Anselm then gave up three goals, two while Merrimack was on the extra-man advantage, giving the Warriors a three goal lead at 4-1.

Messner cut the lead in half with his second of the game with 2:03 remaining in the opening quarter. Mallison was credited with an assist on the goal, which was scored on the extra-man advantage.

Mallinson potted a goal of his own to open the second as he connected with Mee at the 2:11 mark. After back-to-back Merrimack goals brought the Warrior lead to three at 6-3, Mallinson struck again, this time from Messner with 3:01 to play in the quarter. A minute later, Merrimack notched the final goal before the half, for the 7-4 lead.

Charles Geraghty (Etna, N.H.) scored for Saint Anselm to open up the second half and put the Hawks back within two. Merrimack went on to score three straight, before the Hawks pumped out three of their own, from Mallinson, Mee and Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.), putting the Hawks in a two-goal reach.

With the score in favor of Merrimack, 10-8, the Warriors tacked on another pair, before the Hawks made their run in the final minutes of the game. Mee and Mallinson each scored with 2:49 and 2:23 remaining, respectively, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.

Merrimack capitalized on four out of six extra-man opportunities, while Saint Anselm was 3-5 with the extra attacker. Saint Anselm goalkeeper Jonathon O’Reilly (Plano, Texas) made 10 saves, while Connor Reagan made five to earn the win.

Matthew Steele (Ipswich, Mass.) was 16-26 for faceoffs and captured nine groundballs, while James Brine (Burlington, Mass.) aided in the effort with five groundballs.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. when they travel to Pace University.

Photo courtesy St. Anselm Athletics