Men's Lacrosse Loses to No. 16 Saint Anselm, Third Nationally-Ranked Foe of Year

Men's Lacrosse Loses to No. 16 Saint Anselm, Third Nationally-Ranked Foe of Year

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team played its third nationally-ranked Northeast-10 Conference foe of the season on Tuesday, losing a 10-4 decision to No. 16 Saint Anselm College in Grappone Stadium.

The Purple Knights are 4-8 overall and 1-8 in the league, while the Hawks, whose ranking is according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), are 7-3 and 6-3. Saint Michael's held Saint Anselm to fewer than 11 goals for just the fourth time this season, as each of the Hawks' first three opponents to do so was nationally ranked. Saint Anselm has won four straight games.

Sophomores Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) and Dante Wentz (Stowe, Vt./Portsmouth Abbey School) both had one goal and two ground balls, while junior Hunter Goodwin (Milton, Vt./Milton) and first-year Jon Lockwood (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) tallied once apiece. Senior Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) scooped three ground balls and caused two turnovers, and classmate Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Sophomore Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) was 7-for-15 on faceoffs, senior Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) worked the first 23:26 with four saves, and first-year Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) yielded three goals and made five stops with one ground ball in the final 36:34. Joy backstopped a defense that held Saint Anselm to its lowest half scoring output against any team this year other than No. 1 Le Moyne College. Juniors Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) and Cameron Jung (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) both had two ground balls, with Cotter causing a turnover.

The Purple Knights nearly matched the Hawks in numerous categories, trailing only 24-23 in ground balls and 9-7 in faceoffs while committing 15 turnovers to the hosts' 14.

Junior Anthony Busconi and first-year Matt Ward both turned in two goals and two assists for Saint Anselm, while junior Patrick Sweeney potted a hat trick. Classmate Nick Richard made 15 saves.

In a scoreless game more than midway through the opening quarter, the Hawks scored four times in a 7:34 span, including the initial three in a matter of 5:00, as Busconi, Ward and first-year Ryan Richards all found the back of the net. Sweeney's man-up marker, the first of his three on the day, made it 4-0 19 seconds into the second period, during which the visitors held a 12-10 edge in shots and most of the game's scoring occurred.

Goodwin converted at 11:47 before Sweeney netted man-up markers to begin and end a 4-0 run in a 6:02 span, with the initial three coming in 1:46. The Purple Knights used two quick strikes to rally within 8-3 by halftime, as Grillone scored on the man advantage at 1:19 thanks to junior Matthew Logue's (Watertown, Conn./The Gunnery) dish before Wentz scored 51 seconds later. However, a low-scoring second half saw only Busconi score in the third quarter - at 12:14 - before Lockwood and Ward traded fourth-stanza markers.

The Purple Knights complete their home schedule by hosting No. 1 Le Moyne on Saturday for Senior Day at 11 a.m. The Dolphins have qualified for 15 of the last 16 NCAA Tournaments while winning two of the past five.