MANCHESTER, N.H. – The #19-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team outscored the College of Saint Rose 10-5 in the second half to pull away for a 16-12 victory over the Golden Knights on a snowy afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks have now won three-straight games to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the NE10. Saint Rose falls to 1-5 and 0-2 in league games with the setback.
James Olsen led the Saint Anselm attack with four goals and three assists in the win. Anthony Busconi and Alex Pacitti added three goals and an assist apiece, while Dylan Ryan netted a pair of goals and added an assist. Patrick Sweeney chipped in a goal and an assist, while Matt Johnson, Thomas Powell and Ryan Hesseltine had a goal each.
Defensively, Brennan Quackenbush scooped up eight groundballs and caused six turnovers for the Hawks. Oliver Ouellet added a pair of caused turnovers and five groundballs, while Drew Bourdeau also had two caused turnovers.
Lucas DeAngelo improved to 3-1 overall while making 13 saves in the victory.
Saint Rose was led by four goals apiece from Matt Graham and Carter Badour. Jacob Testa netted two goals, while Jordyn Marciano had a goal and three assists.
It was a penalty-filled start to the game as each team were awarded extra-man opportunities in the opening three minutes of the game. Pacitti struck first for the Hawks to put the home team on top 1-0 in the first minute, but a two-minute penalty on Saint Anselm allowed the Golden Knights to score back-to-back man-up goals to give the visitors a 2-1 lead with 12:13 to play.
Olsen entered the scoring column at the 10:29 mark, and following a goal from Carter Badour, Patrick Sweeney scored the final goal of the opening quarter with 8:22 to play.
Ryan Hesseltine gave the Hawks a 4-3 lead with a goal in the first minute of the second quarter, but two-straight tallies from Matt Graham put Saint Rose back in front 5-4 with 8:48 remaining. The two teams would trade tallies over the final six minutes as Saint Rose took a 7-6 lead into the half.
Saint Anselm took advantage of a couple of Saint Rose penalties to open the third quarter as Anthony Busconi and Pacitti each scored on the man advantage to put Saint Anselm back on top 8-7. The Golden Knights tied the game at 8-8 on a goal from Testa, but three-straight goals from the Hawks – including Thomas Powell's first career goal and two more tallies from Busconi – gave Saint Anselm an 11-8 lead they would not relinquish.
The Golden Knights would get as close as a two goal deficit, including a Testa goal at the 7:45 mark of the fourth quarter to make it a 13-11 game, but three-straight goals by the Hawks sealed the victory as Ryan, Pacitti and Olsen each found the back of the net to put the Hawks in front 16-11. Carter Badour would score in the final minute for Saint Rose to give the game its final score, 16-12.
Saint Anselm held a 50-37 advantage in shots in the game while also grabbing a 38-31 edge in groundballs. The Hawks committed only 16 turnovers compared to 27 for the visitors, while going 18-for-22 on clears compared to a 15-for-18 showing for the Golden Knights. Saint Rose did win 19-of-30 face-offs led by a 9-for-11 showing from Lucas Frese.
The Hawks are back in action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Franklin Pierce University for a 3:30 p.m. meeting with the Ravens in Rindge, N.H.
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