MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior attackman Patrick Sweeney posted two goals for the 20th-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team as they lost to top-ranked Le Moyne College by an 8-3 margin on Saturday morning at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks fall to 3-2 on the season, evening their Northeast-10 Conference record to 2-2. Le Moyne remains the only undefeated team in NCAA Division II, moving to 8-0 overall and to 4-0 against league competition. Saint Anselm will travel to second-ranked Merrimack this Tuesday for a 7 p.m. showdown.
Sweeney's two goals led the Hawks while Xavier Quinn potted the other Saint Anselm goal. Chris Tully led the defense with two caused turnovers and Sweeney joined freshman Ryan Melley with three ground balls on the day.
Saint Anselm took the early 1-0 lead with Sweeney's first goal of the day only 1:27 into the contest. The Hawks, however, could not gain any offensive momentum after failing on four clears in the first 15 minutes alone. Le Moyne took advantage of the Hawks miscues, scoring three-straight goals to capture a 3-1 lead.
Sweeney put home another unassisted tally in the second quarter, shrinking the Le Moyne lead to 3-2 with 7:50 left in the first half, but Dan Entenmann scored with 50 seconds left on the clock to lift his team to a 4-2 halftime lead. The Dolphins fired 25 shots in the first 30 minutes, limiting the Hawks to only 13.
Le Moyne blanked the Hawks in the third quarter, scoring two goals while keeping Saint Anselm off the scoreboard to carry a 6-2 lead into the fourth quarter. Quinn struck for his team's third goal only 1:21 into the fourth, but back-to-back markers from the Dolphins were added insurance down the stretch.
Nick Richard made 12 saves for Saint Anselm, drawing the loss. Kyle Lumpe moved to 2-0 on the year for Le Moyne, matching Richard save-for-save with 12 of his own.
Eight scorers paced Le Moyne to the victory – Justin Kesselring and Matt Hutchings scored one goal and an assist. Zac Prattson and Kendall Vecchio each had four ground balls and Entenmann had two caused turnovers.