MANCHESTER, N.H. – Juniors Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) and Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) each scored three points as the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team earned its first victory of the season over Assumption College, 8-7, at Grappone Stadium.
With the win, the Hawks will improve to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in Northeast-10 play, while the Greyhounds will dip to a 0-5 overall record and 0-3 in league play.
The Hawks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening three minutes of the game with goals from Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.) and Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.) Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) fed the pass to Mallinson at 2:48 of the first quarter for the two goal lead.
Kennedy added a goal of his own with 5:21 remaining in the first after receiving a pass from Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) making it a 3-0 game.
Assumption answered back with 1:25 remaining in the first when Seamus Kennedy struck first for the Greyhounds, on a dish from Peter Gersbeck.
The Greyhounds opened scoring in the second quarter with a strike on the extra-man advantage when Garrett Smith connected with Ian Mack. The Hawks came with the answer, however, when Messner scored his first point of the contest to double up Saint Anselm's lead at 4-2 with 7:24 remaining.
Ty Martina netted the ball past Hawk goalkeeper Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas) to put the Greyhounds within one, at 4-3, heading into the break.
Mack opened scoring in the third when he found the back of the net 2:13 into the quarter. Messner had the answer for Saint Anselm, however, as he picked up a pass from Mee, to take back the lead at 5-4. Smith scored again for the Greyhounds, knotting the game at five apiece heading into the final 15 minutes of play.
Mee's tally 2:42 into the final quarter broke the tie for the second time and gave Saint Anselm back the lead at 6-5. Smith scored his third of the game thanks to a pass from Mack, before Warren and James Peters (Medway, Mass.) scored back-to-back for the Hawks to take back the lead for the final time, 8-6.
Assumption's one-goal rally to end the game came from Smith, while the Greyhounds were playing with the extra man.
O'Reilly made 11 saves, while Will Contento stopped seven of 15 shots. The Hawks held a 33-27 edge in shots on goal. Faceoffs were split as each team won nine apiece.
The Hawks will return to action on Wednesday, March 27 when they hit the road for the first time in the 2013 season and travel to Bentley University for a 7 p.m. tilt. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and following us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).