ALBANY, N.Y. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team was stunned by the College of Saint Rose on Saturday, falling to the Golden Knights by a narrow 12-11 margin on the road.
Saint Anselm falls to 9-4 on the year and to 7-4 against Northeast-10 Conference – Saturday's loss was the first at the hands of an unranked opponent since Apr. 20, 2016, a 13-12 defeat at Southern New Hampshire University. Saint Rose defeated its first ranked opponent since the 2012 campaign, improving to 9-7 and to 7-4 in the league.
With matching 7-4 records in conference play, the Saint Rose victory over the Hawks breaks a head-to-head tie – the Golden Knights will host Saint Anselm on Tuesday, May 1 at 4 p.m. in Albany in the First Round of the NE10 Championship. More information about the match-up will be posted in the coming days.
Freshman Matt Ward continued to pace the Hawks offense, scoring three goals and adding two assists for a team-best five points (3-2=5). In his last seven games, the first year has scored 20 goals and added eight assists for 28 points (20-8=28).
Junior Anthony Busconi and senior Ryan Hesseltine each scored three goals – junior Xavier Quinn also had a multiple-point performance, scoring twice and adding an assist. Junior Patrick Sweeney and freshman Sean Tomaszewski each had assists and first year Griffin Shoemaker rounded out the point scoring with two helpers of his own.
Saint Rose sprinted out to a 4-1 lead through the game's first 15:33 despite Hesseltine scoring the game's first goal only 2:09 into the contest.
The resilient Hawks scored the game's next eight goals and blanked the Golden Knights across 23:02 of game play.
Saint Rose would overwhelm the Hawks in the final 20-plus minutes of action, however, scoring eight of the game's final 10 goals to stun the visitors. The Golden Knights won 10 of the game's last 14 face-offs and scored two man-up goals – the hosts were aided by a 22-to-17 edge in ground balls in the second half.
Junior Nick Richard made 14 saves, drawing the loss by allowing 12 goals. Liam Guiton picked up his ninth victory in goal for Saint Rose, making 13 saves.
Carter Badour paced Saint Rose with five goals. Matt Graham scored four goals and two assists in the winning effort.