Weekend Roundup March 13th

Men’s Lacrosse cruises to first win of 2017

MANCHESTER, N.H. – 12 different players recorded at least one point as the Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team cruised to an 18-2 victory over American International College in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Friday afternoon at Grappone Stadium in Manchester, N.H.

Box Score

The Hawks improve to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the NE10, while AIC drops to 0-8 and 0-3 in conference games. Saint Anselm returns to action on Wednesday afternoon in a 4 p.m. matchup with #10 Adelphi University.

Mark Vitello had a five-point day with four goals and an assist, while Patrick Sweeney matched him with four tallies in the game. Anthony Busconi and Ryan Hesseltine added two goals apiece, while James Olsen and Xavier Quinn had a goal and two assists each.

Freshman James Righini and Matt Johnson recorded a goal and an assist apiece, with Dylan Ryan and John Maginnis also finding the back of the net. Alex Pacitti and Aaron Palys rounded out the point-getters for the Hawks, each recording an assist.

Defensively, Lucas DeAngelo earned his first win of the season while making three saves. Nick Richard replaced him at half time and made five saves in just over 25 minutes of action, while Jeremy Lewis played the last 4:56 of the game.

Brennan Quackenbush caused five turnovers and scooped up five groundballs to lead the Saint Anselm defense. James Olsen and Oliver Ouellet had four groundballs apiece, while Xavier Quinn and Teo Olsen added three groundballs apiece.

The Yellow Jackets received goals from Quinn Caesar and Colton Larkin, with John Magliano assisting on both tallies. Matt Sayegh recorded 14 saves in the setback in goal.

The Hawks held a 59-14 edge in shots in the game, and committed only 25 turnovers to 39 for AIC. Saint Anselm also held a 40-25 edge in groundballs, while going 20-for-25 on clears compared to just 9-for-26 from the Yellow Jackets. Face-offs were even at 12 wins apiece, and the Hawks went 2-for-2 on the man advantage with AIC going only 1-for-6 on the power play.

Saint Anselm opened the game on a 9-0 run before the Yellow Jackets found the back of the net with 4:04 to play in the second quarter. Olsen answered with a tally in the final minute to make it a 10-1 game headed into the break.

The third quarter was all Saint Anselm as the Hawks scored five goals in the period to extend their lead to 15-1. The home team scored the first two goals of the fourth period before AIC found the back of the net with just over two minutes to play. James Righini’s first collegiate tally would prove to be the final tally of the game as the Hawks cruised to the 18-2 victory.


Mount Ida 15, Gordon 11 – Mustangs Improve on Hot Start to the Season

WENHAM, Mass. — Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse continued their perfect start to the 2017 season, as they used a lengthy run of goals in the first and second half to collect a 15-11 victory over Gordon College on a snowy Friday at the Brigham Athletic Conference.

Mount Ida improves to 4-0 this season, which is its best start in program history. The Mustangs will have another chance to extend that streak on Wednesday with another trip to the North Shore to take on Salem State. Gordon (2-2) will hope to rebound at Becker on the same day for a 1 p.m. start.

The Fighting Scots put their best foot forward at the start with a pair of quick goals. Thor Rasmussen (Fairfax, Va.) was full steam ahead for an unassisted goal in the second minute of regulation. Sophomore Nick Tozier (Winston Salem, N.C.) scored his third of the season on a nice pass from Austin Early (Palmyra, Va.) to make it 2-0 Gordon just three minutes in.

Mount Ida evened the score in under a minute with goals from Chad Coehlo (Salem, Mass.) and Peter Hardy (Tyngsboro, Mass.). Coehlo also earned the assist on Hardy’s score.

The game of runs continued as Nick Palandjian (Belmont, Mass.) scored the third goal in under a minute, directly off a face-off win for Billy Biegun (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.). Palandjian added a second goal with 4:29 to play on a quick feed from Nico Manganiello (Peabody, Mass.) to make it 4-2.

Not to be outdone, Mount Ida answered back with another two-goal run. With 2:54 to go, Wyatt Sullivan finished off a pass from Coehlo before Kyle Ton (Norwich, Conn.) evened the game at four just 24 seconds later.

Gordon’s Tozier put home his second of the game at the 10-minute mark in the second quarter to reclaim the lead for the Scots, but it was all Mustangs for the remainder. Hardy scored right off of the next faceoff to tie the game at five to spark a run. Da’Zhona Johnston (Southhampton, Bermuda) gave the Mustangs their first lead of the game with 8:24 to go. Jon Berry (Chichester, N.H.) made it a two-goal game before Johnston added his second right before intermission, capping off a four-goal run. The Mustangs led 8-5 at the half.

The Scots committed to chipping away at the deficit little by little in the third quarter. Palandjian finished off yet another hat trick with an unassisted goal before Tozier did the same a minute later. Manganiello finished off the flurry of scoring for the Scots with another unassisted goal with 7:50 to go in the period.

As they had for much of the game, Mount Ida found instant offense in transition off of the restarts. Gordon’s momentum didn’t last for long as Matt Hoffman (Brewster, N.Y.) received a quick pass from Ryan Trinque (E. Greenwich, R.I.) directly off the face-off following Manganiello’s goal. Hardy also added another goal before the third quarter ended to put Gordon back in a two-goal hole.

The Mustangs continued their second 4-0 run of the game well into the fourth quarter with strikes from Marcus Donahue (Braintree, Mass.) and Coehlo to sink the Scots even deeper.

Gordon was able to get back within three goals on two separate occasions, only for the Mustangs to answer on the next possession and regain control. Mount Ida led 15-10 with a few minutes remaining thanks to Alex Zito’s (Andover, Conn.) work in the circle. Palandjian added a fourth goal in the closing minutes.

Shots were fairly even with the Mustangs holding a slight 42-41 edge, but a 48-36 advantage on 50-50 balls gave them more possession in the middle stages of the game. Mount Ida also doubled up the Scots on restarts (20-10) and controlled the ball for much of the fourth to make it harder for Gordon to stage a comeback.

Cam Hayward (Derry, N.H.) earned his fourth consecutive win with 14 saves in net. Gordon’s Jay Gallipo (Dover, N.H.) had a solid game with 11 saves, but took the loss.