DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team nearly overcame a five-goal second half deficit, but came up just short, falling on the road 11-10 at #13 Mercy College on Saturday afternoon in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
The Hawks drop to 0-1 on the season, while the Mavericks improve to 4-1 on the young year. Saint Anselm returns to action next Saturday when they host American International College in their NE10 opener at 12 p.m.
Patrick Sweeney recorded a hat-trick and an assist to lead the Hawks, while Ryan Hesseltine netted two goals to go with two assists. Alex Pacitti and Mark Vitello registered two goals apiece, with Anthony Busconi scoring a goal and adding an assist.
Defensively, Lucas DeAngelo made 12 saves in goal in the setback while adding three groundballs. Chris McCormack, Derrick LaBranche and Drew Bourdeau had three groundballs apiece, with Brennan Quackenbush causing a game-high three turnovers.
Mercy was led by three goals and three assists from Daniel Speicher, while Ryan Gibbons improved to 4-1 by making 16 saves in the victory.
Saint Anselm struck first as Hesseltine found the back of the net with 11:35 to play in the first quarter. Mercy answered with back-to-back goals from Bobby Chillianis and Speicher to take the lead, but Busconi and Hesseltine each scored in the final two minutes of the period to give Saint Anselm a 3-2 lead after one quarter.
Patrick Sweeney opened the second quarter with two-straight goals to extend the Saint Anselm lead to 5-2, but Mercy potted five-straight goals of their own to end the half as the Mavericks would take a 7-5 lead into halftime.
Mercy continued their run into the third quarter as three more goals in the first eight minutes of play gave the Mustangs a 10-5 advantage with 7:06 to play in the third quarter. Mark Vitello scored on a feed from Hesseltine to end the run, before Alex Pacitti scored back-to-back tallies off passes from Sweeney and Xavier Quinn to cut the deficit to 10-8 headed into the final quarter.
Speicher opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a goal at the 11:39 mark before Vitello found the back of the net just over a minute later to keep it an 11-9 game with 10:25 to play. Sweeney would pull the Hawks to within one at 11-10 with his third goal of the game and 3:48 to play, and the Hawks would have two more attempts at a game-tying goal, but Saint Anselm came away empty-handed as the Mustangs held on for the 11-10 win.
The Hawks held a 42-33 edge in shots in the game while also grabbing 39 groundballs to 35 for Mercy and winning the turnover margin with 15 turnovers to 18 for the Mustangs. Both teams were effective on clears as the Hawks went 20-for-24 and Mercy was 17-for-21, while Mercy was able to win 14-of-24 face-offs in the game.
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