Division II Roundup 3/29

#17 Men’s Lacrosse cruises past Franklin Pierce, 16-5

RINDGE, N.H. – The #17-ranked Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team cruised to a 16-5 victory over Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Sodexho Field in Rindge, N.H.

The Hawks have won four-straight games to improve to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the NE10, while Franklin Pierce drops to 3-2 and 1-2 in league games. Saint Anselm returns to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to #9 Pace University for a 12 p.m. matchup with the Setters.

Patrick Sweeney scored seven goals to lead the offense, while Lucas DeAngelo recorded a season-high 17 saves to back stop the Hawks to the victory.

Anthony Busconi had a four-point day with a goal and three assists, while James Righini and Alex Pacitti had two goals apiece. James Olsen, Matt Johnson, Ryan Hesseltine and Mark Vitello each added a goal for the visitors.

Defensively, Drew Bourdeau scooped up six groundballs, while Brennan Quackenbush added five of his own and Chris McCormack and Chris Tully had four groundballs apiece. McCormack also won 15-of-24 face-offs in the game, with Mike Ryan going 1-for-2 on his face-off attempts.

Franklin Pierce scored the first goal of the game only 1:16 into the contest as Ben Lassow found the back of the net, but Sweeney scored the final two goals of the period to give Saint Anselm a 2-1 lead after one quarter of play. The Hawks carried the momentum into the second stanza, scoring four times in the period, to take a 6-1 lead into the half. Olsen, Righini, Hesseltine and Sweeney had the tallies for the Hawks in the quarter.

The Hawks made it eight-straight goals as Busconi scored early in the third quarter and he later found Sweeney for a man-advantage goal to make it an 8-1 game with 10:16 to play in the period. However, Franklin Pierce would answer by scoring three of the final four goals of the quarter to make it a 9-4 game headed into the final frame.

The fourth quarter was all Saint Anselm as the Hawks scored seven-straight times in the final period to pull away for a 16-4 lead. The Ravens’ Jack Carney would score in the final minute to give the game its final score of 16-5.

The Hawks held a 51-42 edge in shots in the game while grabbing 40 groundballs to just 26 for the Ravens. Despite losing the turnover battle, 20-12, the Hawks were 21-of-25 on clears with Franklin Pierce going 22-for-27 in the game.


No. 16 Southern N.H. Holds Off No. 20 Bentley, 12-11

WALTHAM, Mass. – Southern New Hampshire prevented Bentley from scoring on the game’s final possession, as the 16th ranked Penmen defeated the 20th ranked Falcons in Northeast-10 men’s lacrosse on Tuesday night.

Bentley trailed 12-9 with 5:33 left in the game after Southern’s Joseph Mayernik scored the 5th unanswered goal for them. Bentley though chipped away and got to within one goal. Sophomore Alex Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) scored at the 3:13 mark, and junior attacker Chris Wiggins (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) struck with 1:17 remaining to make it a 12-11 game.

Bentley’s Max Adler (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Northfield Mt. Hermon) won the ensuing face-off, and Bentley had a shot on goal with 46 seconds left that was saved by SNHU goalie Michael Brawley. The Penmen though failed to clear, and Bentley had possession back with 20 seconds left after a Penmen timeout. Coming out of the timeout though, they couldn’t get a good shot off, and SNHU held on for the win.

The Falcons led 7-6 going into the 4th quarter, but the Penmen tied it at the 13:18 mark on a man-down goal by midfielder Khyan Gaddy. Bentley then went back in front with two straight goals; a man-up goal from Sam Hurley (Medfield, Mass./Medfield), his 4th of the night, and a goal by Astarita, which gave them a 9-7 lead at the 11:11 mark.

SNHU though proceeded to go on a 5-0 run, which started with a goal from midfielder Zach Jacobs at 9:59, and ended with Mayernik’s goal at 5:33.

The defeat snapped Bentley’s three game winning streak and dropped its record to 3-2, 2-1 in the NE10. The Penmen improved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 NE10.

Bentley’s next game is Saturday at home against Saint Michael’s.