The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team was recently voted the 11th best team nationally following a poll of Division II coaches, according to the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll released Monday. The Hawks, who are nationally-ranked for the second-straight week, move up one spot to 11th after being idle this past week.
Through four games, Saint Anselm boasts their best start since the 2010 season in which they also opened up their calendar of games with a 3-1 record. Most recently, the Hawks posted a 6-5 victory over the Purple Knights of Saint Michael's College under the lights at Grappone Stadium on Friday in the first-ever night lacrosse game held at Saint Anselm College.
Currently riding a three-game winning streak for the first time since the middle of the 2010 season, the Hawks have also defeated nationally-ranked New York Institute of Technology on Monday, Feb. 27 to begin their current streak.
Forward Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) leads the team in scoring, notching seven goals and six assists for 13 points (7-6=13). Hawks goaltender Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas), a two-time winner of the NE-10 Goaltender of the Week this season, added his third victory of the year against the Purple Knights by turning aside 13-of-18 shots on net. O'Reilly ranks first overall in the conference with a .661 save percentage while also tying for the top spot amongst goaltenders with a 5.07 goals-against average.
Fellow Northeast-10 Conference programs were also featured in the national rankings, with the Dolphins of Le Moyne college placing second overall behind Mercyhurst College, who received 11 first-place votes. The Warriors of Merrimack College and the Panthers of Adelphi University, each boasting 2-0 records through Monday, rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the poll.