Men’s Lax Earns NE-10 Championship Bid With 9-4 Victory Over Saint Rose
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.) registered a game-high four points, senior goalkeeper Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas) stopped 16 shots and the offense closed out the game with eight unanswered goals to lift the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team past the College of Saint Rose, 9-4, Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium on Senior Day. The win clinches the Hawks' second straight Northeast-10 Championship berth.
The Hawks win for the third time in five contests to improve to 5-9 on the season, including 5-6 in Northeast-10 play, while the Golden Knights drop to 4-11, 4-7 NE-10. Saint Anselm has earned the sixth seed in next week's tournament and will hit the road to take on third-seeded Le Moyne College on Tuesday, April 30 at 1 p.m.
After John Zullo staked Saint Rose to a 1-0 lead 1:33 into the first quarter, freshman Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) tied things up with 10:33 to go, but 32 seconds later the Golden Knights received a goal from Kevin Fleming that set off a run of three straight that gave them a 4-1 advantage heading into the second.
Warren struck again just 50 seconds into second frame to set the tone for the remainder of the day. Mallinson then grabbed the torch from Warren and helped continue the comeback as he set up goals from classmate Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) and sophomore Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.), before ripping a shot past Saint Rose goalkeeper Nick Longo that gave the Hawks a 5-4 lead with 4:46 remaining before the half.
It remained a one-goal contest for the next 14-plus minutes before junior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) broke the ice off a feed from Mee with 5:42 left in the third. Mallinson found the back of the net off a Warren pass with 2:40 to go before junior Tom Gardner (Salem, N.H.) found sophomore Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) 1:20 later to make it 8-4 after three quarters of play.
Mee connected on a pass to Messner for the second time as the Hawks potted the lone goal of the fourth quarter.
O'Reilly's 16 saves were four shy of his career high. Longo stopped 12 of 20 shots in 55:27 of action, while Jeff Calles only faced one shot and did not record a save in 4:33 of play.
Saint Anselm outshot Saint Rose, 45-30, including 17-4 in the third stanza, and also won 10 of the game's 17 faceoffs. The Hawks were 3-for-4 on their extra-man opportunities, while they held the Golden Knights to 0-for-2.
Seniors O'Reilly, James Brine (Burlington, Mass.), Daniel Sullivan (Rumford, R.I.), Ryan McQuaid (Scarborough, Maine) and Kyle Murphy (Middletown, R.I.) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the game.