ALBANY, N.Y. – Senior Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) recorded a game-high six points to lead the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team to a 14-5 victory against the College of Saint Rose on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field in its regular-season finale.
The Hawks improve to 6-8 on the season, including 5-6 in Northeast-10 play to clinch the No. 6 seed and earn their third straight tournament berth in the upcoming Northeast-10 Championship. The Hawks will travel to take on third-seeded Merrimack College in the first round Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. The Golden Knights drop to 2-12, 2-9 NE-10.
Mee scored two goals and handed out four assists, while junior Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) potted four goals and added a helper.
After junior James Peters (Medway, Mass.) scored just 2:46 into the contest, the Hawks maintained their 1-0 lead until Kris Miller knotted the game with 3:30 to play in the first quarter. The game remained that way until 59 seconds into the second stanza when Peters collected a feed from senior Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.) and found the back of the net. Mee followed 17 seconds later to expand the Saint Anselm lead to 3-1.
Senior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) continued the run with an unassisted tally, before Mee set up a pair of Kennedy strikes just seven seconds apart to widen the gap to 6-1 with 2:26 left in the half.
Saint Anselm picked up where it left off as Peters connected on a pass to Mallinson, who beat Saint Rose goalie Joe Shapiro 3:09 into the third quarter. Mee found Kennedy for the third time to complete the seven-goal run and give the Hawks a commanding 8-1 lead with 8:53 remaining.
Miller once again broke up the stretch for the Golden Knights, but goals from Messner and senior Tom Gardner (Salem, N.H.), as well as the fourth Mee-to-Kennedy connection, closed the frame with Saint Anselm holding an 11-2 advantage.
After Evan Helming began the fourth-quarter scoring just 53 seconds in, Kennedy returned the quartet of favors and set up Mee's second of the day. Brett McAuliffe potted consecutive goals, but junior Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.) closed the scoring with a pair of his own.
Sophomore goalkeeper James O'Neill (East Walpole, Mass.) stopped 12 of the 17 shots he faced, while Shapiro turned away 11 of 22 in the first 45 minutes of action. Casey Bergeron made three saves on the six shots he saw over the final 15 minutes.
Saint Anselm outshot Saint Rose, 57-43, including 37-19 in the middle two frames. Senior Matthew Steele (Ipswich, Mass.) captured 17 of 22 faceoffs. The Hawks went 2-for-5 with the extra man, while the Golden Knights were 0-for-4.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Merrimack College. 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 and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.