WALTHAM, Mass. – Junior Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) netted three goals en route to Saint Anselm's 9-8 victory over Bentley University on Wednesday evening as the Hawks took their second straight Northeast-10 matchup.
With the win, the Hawks will bump to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in Northeast-10 play, while the Falcons dip to a 1-3 overall record and 1-2 in league play.
Saint Anselm came back from an early 1-0 deficit with goals from freshman Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) and Mee to take back the lead at 2-1 with 7:09 remaining in the first quarter.
The Falcons knotted the game at two apiece, 31 seconds later, when Nick Astarita scored his second goal of the contest to close scoring in the first.
The Hawks outscored Bentley 4-2 in the second, including three straight goals to begin the quarter. A pair from Mee and one goal from junior Jake Mallinson (Middleton, R.I.) gave Saint Anselm a 5-2 lead with 6:10 to play before halftime.
Jordan Reals and Collin O'Shea each struck for the Falcons, before sophomore Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) found the net at the 12:24 mark, bringing the game to a score of 6-4 at the halfway mark.
Bentley took charge in the third as it scored three unanswered goals to take the lead, 7-6, heading into the final quarter.
Kennedy potted his second of the game 2:24 into play, tying the game at seven, before junior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) put Saint Anselm up one with 11:52 to play. Sophomore James Peters (Medway, Mass.) gave the Hawks some insurance with his goal with 6:36 remaining.
Matt Dente started a rally for Bentley, but his goal with just over a minute left wouldn't be enough to overcome the deficit. Saint Anselm killed an extra-man opportunity and senior goalkeeper Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas) made one save in the final minutes to carry the Hawks to victory.
O'Reilly made 16 saves, including 10 in the second half, while Bentley goalkeeper Brian Karl stopped seven of 16 shots. Bentley held a 31-22 advantage in shots on goal.
The Hawks will return to action Saturday, March 30 when they hit the road and travel to Le Moyne College for an 11 a.m. matchup. 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).