MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Michael Budrewicz (Uccle, Belgium) scored three goals and added an assist in the first half, helping the Saint Anselm College men's soccer program to a 5-3 victory over Saint Thomas Aquinas College in its season-opening game on Saturday.
Budrewicz posted the first hat trick for Saint Anselm since Sam Lamptey '08 accomplished the feat in 2008. The sophomore now stands as one of only seven student-athletes to have earned seven points in a single game - he is the first to do so in the first half of play since Rob Roach '72 against Assumption on Oct. 9, 1971.
The Hawks exit the game with a 1-0 overall record and will stay at home to face Roberts Wesleyan on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The Spartans fall to 0-2 on the early season.
Following a foul by the Spartans, senior Nick Heckt (South Windsor, Conn.) sent a powerful free kick from midfield in the 18th minute towards the driving attackers. The pass found Budrewicz in front of the goal and drilled the ball past the diving Saint Thomas Aquinas netminder, Cameron Turner, for the first goal of the Hawks season.
Two minutes later, a long-range cross by sophomore Chris Gallier (Savannah, Ga.) was chested down by Budrewicz. He gathered the ball in front of the net and slipped a shot under the arm of Turner for the goal.
After eluding a defender, Budrewicz sent a short cross to junior Zach Elliot (Manchester, N.H.) up field. Elliot then found an opening on the left side and buried a shot past the diving Spartans goalkeeper, giving the Hawks a 3-0 lead only 25 minutes into the contest. The Hawks kept the throttle going with another tally in the 40th minute. Budrewicz was awarded a penalty kick and converted his third goal of the game. Shortly after, the buzzer sounded for halftime with the Hawks leading 4-0. Saint Anselm led the shots category with an 11-2 advantage through the first 45 minutes.
Coming out of the break, Saint Thomas Aquinas responded with two goals of their own in the first 25 minutes of the second half. That brought the Spartans back into the contest, down by a 4-2 score with 20 minutes remaining.
Jorge Umana Mazariego kept momentum going for the Spartans in the 79th minute by scoring from the back post, bringing the score back to a one-goal margin. The fifth and final Saint Anselm tally of the game came with one minute remaining on the clock which secured the win for the Hawks. Eliot responded quickly to the Saint Thomas Aquinas goalkeeper's miscue by stealing the ball, giving him a wide-open net to sink his second goal of the day.
Hawks goalkeeper Jacob Rostkowski (Rockport, Mass.) finished with three saves for Saint Anselm. The Hawks ended the day with a 19-16 shots advantage.