SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) scored three goals, but the sixth-seeded Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team was knocked out of the Northeast-10 Championship in the quarterfinal round after dropping a 13-6 decision against third-seeded Le Moyne College on Tuesday afternoon at Ted Grant Field.
The Hawks, who qualified for the postseason for the second straight year, wrap up the 2013 campaign at 5-10. The Dolphins improve to 13-2 and advance to take on second-seeded Merrimack College on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m.
Saint Anselm fell behind 4-0 early in the second quarter before goals from sophomore James Peters (Medway, Mass.) and freshman Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) trimmed the deficit in half at 4-2 with 10:44 to go in the stanza. The Dolphins responded by closing out the quarter with three straight goals that widened the gap to 7-2.
The Hawks opened the third with a pair from Messner that made it a three-goal game with 8:32 left. Warren then answered another Le Moyne goal to keep it within three before the eighth different Dolphin goal scorer closed out the third quarter with a tally that pushed it to 9-5.
Messner kicked off the fourth with a goal 1:36 in to bring the Hawks back within three, but the Dolphins potted the final four goals of the game, including the first two from Joe Corapi, to seal it.
Senior Jonathon O’Reilly (Plano, Texas) made 10 saves, while Le Moyne goalkeeper Jeff White stopped nine shots in the first 51:03 of action. Pat Brothers did not face a shot in the final 8:57.
Le Moyne held a 40-28 advantage in shots, including 14-2 in the opening stanza, and also won 14 of the game’s 23 faceoffs. The Dolphins were also 2-for-6 in man-up opportunities, while the Hawks were 0-for-2.
This marks the final game for seniors O’Reilly, James Brine (Burlington, Mass.), Daniel Sullivan (Rumford, R.I.), Andrew McIntyre (North Andover, Mass.) and Kyle Murphy (Middletown, R.I.).