MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.), freshman Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) and senior Daniel Sullivan (Rumford, R.I.) each scored two goals, but that would not be enough, as the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team fell to Southern New Hampshire University, 11-7, under the lights at Grappone Stadium on Wednesday evening.
With the loss, the Hawks will dip to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in NE-10 conference play, while the Penmen will jump to a 3-6 overall record and 3-2 in league play.
After Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 2-0 lead, the Hawks cut the lead to one with a goal from Warren. Warren picked up a pass from junior Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) with 3:42 to play in the opening quarter.
The Penmen closed scoring in the first with their third goal of the contest – an unassisted tally from Rob Murray with 1:17 to play in the first.
The Hawks scored four straight to begin the second quarter, including a pair of goals from Sullivan. Sullivan found the back of the net eight seconds into the quarter, before Messner potted his first of the game tying the game at three apiece.
Saint Anselm took a 4-3 lead at 7:24 of the second when Charles Geraghty (Etna, N.H.) scored his first-career goal past Southern New Hampshire goalkeeper Morgan Weirteter. Sullivan then added another score for the Hawks putting them up two.
The Penmen then scored eight straight goals into the fourth quarter, including three from Corey Allen and two from Phil LaTorre, to bring the score to 11-5 in favor of Southern New Hampshire.
Warren and Messner scored at the 9:26 and 2:02 mark, respectively, but the Hawks came up short in their rally with a final score of 11-7.
Saint Anselm senior goalkeeper Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas) stopped seven shots, while Weirteter made nine saves.
The Penmen held an 11-9 advantage in faceoffs, while the Hawks earned the 36-29 edge in shots.
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