PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) contributed six points on four goals and a pair of assists, while James Peters (Medway, Mass.) notched five points, including four goals as the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team took down Pace University, 15-10, Saturday afternoon at Pace Field.
With the win, the Hawks jump to 4-8 overall and 4-6 in Northeast-10 conference play, while the Setters move to 5-8 overall and 2-8 in league play.
Kennedy put Saint Anselm on the board less than two minutes into the game when he picked up a pass from Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) and found the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. Pace netted the equalizer, however, when Matt Mirabito shot the ball past Saint Anselm goalkeeper Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas).
Peters gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead with his tally at 5:26 of the first, before the Setters tallied four straight to end scoring in the opening quarter.
Trailing 5-2, Saint Anselm dominated scoring in the second, outscoring the Setters 6-1. Two from Peters followed by a goal from Daniel Sullivan (Rumford, R.I.) knotted the game at five apiece. Pace's William Scioscia put the Setters back up one at 6-5, but the Hawks buckled down to score three goals putting them up 8-6 heading into halftime. Kennedy scored twice along with Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.), giving Saint Anselm back the lead.
Pace potted a goal to start the second half, before Andrew Messner (Wakefield , R.I.) scored 1:34 into the quarter, keeping the Hawks ahead two at 9-7. Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) then picked up a pass from Griffin Sandler (Bow, N.H.) and buried it for the 10-7 lead. Peters and Messner each added another tally for the Hawks, giving them their greatest lead of the day at 12-7. Pace closed scoring in the third with another goal from Mirabito and scored two more to open up the final quarter.
Mee began a three-goal rally to end the game, which included tallies from Warren and Kennedy to bring the game to its final score of 15-10.
O'Reilly made 13 saves, while Pace goalie Conor Brophy stopped 17 of 32 shots. The Hawks held a 43-31 advantage in shots on goal.
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