Spring Sports Make Debut

Saint Anselm men's lacrosse practice

The Saint Anselm Hawks are kicking it into high gear as baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men’s and women’s lacrosse have officially begun their spring seasons.

Already two games in, men’s lacrosse plays their first home game on March 19 at 4 p.m. against Molloy. The team was voted into seventh place for the 2014 Northeast-10 Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll by the NE-10 in February. They return with all of their top-five leading scorers from last season.

Saint Anselm men's lacrosse practiceSoftball just wrapped up a spring training trip to Clermont, Fla., where junior pitcher Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine) pitched a complete-game shutout for the second straight day, helping the team to a 6-4 record for preseason. The team plays their first game of the season on March 22 at Pace. The NE-10 Conference Coaches poll placed Saint Anselm fourth in the 2014 Northeast-10.

Women’s lacrosse started strong with their first 3-0 record in seven years after beating Nyack College 22-4 at home on Saturday. The Hawks were picked to finish fifth in the Northeast-10 in the Preseason Coaches' Poll announced in February.

Saint Anselm baseball also started their season on a positive note as they swept a pair of games at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Men’s baseball will face a number of competitive teams in the upcoming month including St. Thomas Aquinas and Lemoyne. Their first home game is March 26 against Franklin Pierce.

The hawks tennis programs continue with spring play after a winter break. The men's and women's tennis teams opened their season against Merrimack in February. The women's next home match is March 26 against Franklin Pierce University while the men's team hosts Endicott College on March 19.

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Hawks Beat SNHU in Nationally Televised Basketball Game

Saint Anselm beats SNHU in nationally televised basketball game

It was a great day to be a Hawk today as the Saint Anselm men’s basketball team beat cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University 83-75 in front of 1,000 fans in Saint Anselm College's Stoutenburgh Gymnasium and a national television audience.

Saint Anselm College beat SNHU in nationally televised basketball gameThe game, aired live on CBS Sports Network, was Hawks’ coach Keith Dickson’s 525th win and helped the team improve to a 14-6 season, winning seven of their last nine games.

It was a game to remember played in front of a sold-out crowd including more than 450 Saint Anselm students as well as Saint Anselm trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, monks, and friends of the college.

Led into the stands by the college’s Hawk mascot, students were decked in super fan t-shirts and face paint and kept the gym rowdy. Senior, psychology major and volleyball player Vivian Fitzgerald joined by fellow senior, politics major Guy Sergei kept the crowd energized with cheers and chants.

“It was a great game,” said Fitzgerald. “The energy in the gym was contagious and the boys brought their A-game.”

Saint Anselm athletic director Jo-Ann Nester was ecstatic about the high attendance and number of student-athletes involved including the entire field hockey team who assisted with ticketing and refreshments.

Alumnus Dave Cuzzi, class of 1996, was only one of more than 300 alumni who attended the game to support his alma mater.

“It was a lot of fun to see the game and all the students and their school spirit,” said Cuzzi.

The game also brought together friends from the classes of 1969, 1968 and 1962 as well as some Saint Anselm basketball greats who returned to campus for the special game.

Even Arthur Cummings from the class of 1953 returned to get in on the action. Particularly though, Cummings wanted to see senior point guard Dino Mallios play. Cummings has known the Mallios family for years, having taught Mrs. Elaine Mallios, Dino’s mother, in high school. The former teacher and principal of Winthrop High School in Winthrop, Mass., has recommended Saint Anselm to many a high school-er through the years.

“He’s a legend in the community,” said Mrs. Mallios.

In addition, alumni and Anselmians all over the country rooted for their Hawks from watch parties in Boston, Hartford, Long Island, and Manchester.

The Hawks return to action at home on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Franklin Pierce University at Stoutenburgh.

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Saint Anselm Student-Athletes Recognized

Saint Anselm Honors 182 Student-Athletes at Academic Reception

The Saint Anselm College Department of Athletics held its annual Scholar-Athlete Academic Honors Reception at the Dana Center on Monday evening and honored 182 of its student-athletes.

Taking part in the celebration were Director of Athletics, Dr. Kelly Higgins, Saint Anselm President, Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Father Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Joseph Horton, Dean of Students, Alicia Finn, Associate Registrar, Father Benet Philips, O.S.B., Associate Director of Athletics, Donna Guimont, professor and Faculty Athletic Representative Emeritus, Joe Catanese, and professor and current Faculty Athletic Representative, Montague Brown.

 Saint Anselm Honors 182 Student-Athletes at Academic ReceptionSeven new student-athletes were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Student-Athlete Honor Society. Men’s cross country junior and international relations major, Sean Curtis, men’s ice hockey junior and financial economics major, Nick Dries, women’s cross country junior and economics major, Elizabeth Duffy, women’s cross country junior and business major, Lauren Duffy, men’s soccer junior and business major, Kevin Greene, women’s cross country junior and nursing major, Christi Smith and women’s cross country junior and classics major, Merike Youngs all achieved grade point averages of 3.4 or higher to earn membership in Chi Alpha Sigma. Student-athletes become eligible for induction in their junior year.

Those eight, along with 175 others, were each recognized for either attaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, or achieving a 3.0 or higher in the Spring or Fall semesters of 2012.

ACADEMIC HONORS: View the full list of all 182 honorees on the SaintAnselmHawks.com website

Hawks Honored with Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

Saint Anselm College is one of 26 Division II schools that have been honored with the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or more.

Saint Anselm’s ASR was 90 percent, meaning it graduated all of its student-athletes from the 2002-05 cohort within six years of original enrollment.

Saint Anselm was also one of seven Northeast-10 Conference programs that were included, the most of any conference.

The Division II Academic Requirements Committee created the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success. The honor is intended to call attention to those programs and is not intended as a ranking.

These stories were originally posted to SaintAnselmHawks.com, the online home of Saint Anselm athletics. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking them Facebook and following the Hawks on Twitter @STAHawks.

The Academic Success Rate is a measure that reflects the unique qualities of Division II. It measures graduation rates for virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletically-related financial aid. The inclusion of student-athletes who do not receive athletically-related financial aid distinguishes the ASR from Division I’s Graduation Success Rate.

The Division II Academic Success Rate captures about two-thirds more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate, which does not count incoming transfers, counts outgoing transfers as having not graduated and counts only student-athletes receiving athletically-related financial aid. The national four-year ASR average is 72 percent.

No matter what measure is used, Division II student-athletes graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2005 entering class of student-athletes was 54 percent, compared to 48 percent for the general student body.

Hawks Athletes and Coaches Set Records, Post Victories In Weekend Matches

Justin Redente

Men's skiing posted a first place finish over the weekend as women's hockey senior Rosemarie Giarrusso netted a goal and an assist to etch her name into the Hawks record book. Men's hockey rallied for a 3-2 victory over Babson, giving coach Ed Seney his 150th Saint Anselm win. These notable accomplishments follow the recent milestone achieved by men's basketball head coach Keith Dickson, who marked the 500th win of his career as the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team posted a convincing 101-54 victory against Pace University.

Men's Skiing

Justin RedenteThe Saint Anselm College men's skiing team competed in the Brown University Carnival over the weekend and finished with a fourth place finish on Friday at Gunstock Mountain and a first place finish on Saturday at Blackwater Mountain.

In the slalom competition on Saturday at Blackwater Mountain, the men picked up their first 1st place finish of the season with a total team time of 4:34.21.

Benjamin Roy led the pack for Saint Anselm with a 1:30.52 two-run total. He picked up a 45.48 on his first run and a 45.05 on his second. In second place for Saint Anselm, Justin Redente ended up with a 1:31.55 for a sixth place overall finish. The final qualifying time for the Hawks came from Eric Brandolini, who clocked a 1:32.13 – 10th place among all competitors. The final two times from the first place finishers came from Thomas Suglia and Joseph Germaine who registered a 1:37.68 and a 1:41.18, respectively.

Saint Anselm returns to action Jan. 26-27 as they travel to the Clarkson Carnival at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Men's and women's basketball and women's skiing were also in action this past weekend. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking them on Facebook and following the Hawks on Twitter.

Women's Hockey

Rosemarie GiarrussoWith her two points, Rosemarie Giarrusso makes another mark in the Saint Anselm women's ice hockey record book as the all-time points leader with 125 career points to date. She overtakes the spot previously held by Kathleen Twomey, who was a member of the team from 2005 to 2009 and stood at 124 career points.

Saint Anselm is now 11-3-3 overall and in third place in the ECAC East with a 7-1-3 mark. The Hawks return to action Friday, Jan. 25 when they play host Manhattanville College in a 4 p.m. puck drop at Thomas F. Sullivan arena for "Pink in the Rink" in support of breast cancer awareness.

Men's Hockey

Sean Jenkins scored the game-winning goal 16 seconds after Joe Tebano netted the game-tying tally as the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team came from behind to take down No. 14 Babson College, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena. Head coach Ed Seney recorded his 150th win as Saint Anselm bench boss as the Hawks improve to 9-4-2 overall and 6-4-1 in ECAC men's east play.

The Hawks return to action Jan. 25 when they play host to Skidmore College in a 7 p.m. puck drop at Thomas F. Sullivan arena for "Pink in the Rink" in support of breast cancer awareness.

Freshmen Footballers Set Records; Receive Accolades

QB Andrew Murphy

The Hawks fielded a strong freshman class on the turf at Grappone Stadium in 2012, closing the season with high hopes for 2013. Freshmen QB Andrew Murphy, DB Jack Hopkins, DB Carroll Bailey and TE Mike Lombard received 2012 Northeast-10 All-Conference honors, the conference has announced. Murphy was tabbed as the unanimous Rookie of the Year, as well as a unanimous member of the All-Rookie Team. The first-year student-athletes were joined by junior WR Justin Bernard in the commendations handed down by the conference. We have excerpted the original story from Saint Anselm Athletics, below.

DB Carroll Bailey

Bailey, an All-Rookie Team honoree, totaled 29 tackles, including 20 solos and one for a loss of two yards, in 10 contests for the Hawks. He also forced a fumble, recovered two more and broke up a pass. Bailey came on strong down the stretch, tallying 20 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup in the final four weeks of the season.

WR Justin Bernard

WR Justin BernardBernard led the Northeast-10 in touchdown catches and ranked second in receptions, receiving yards and receiving yards per game (100.9), in addition to hauling in the second longest catch of the year – an 86-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter at Southern Connecticut State University on Sept. 29.

Bernard also stacks up well, nationally, ranking:

  • fourth in both receptions per game (8.8) and overall receptions,
  • sixth in touchdown catches,
  • 10th in receiving yards and
  • 12th in receiving yards per contest.

In addition to shattering the program's single-season records, Bernard is now the school's all-time leader in touchdown catches (20) and is just 35 receptions and 155 receiving yards short of the career records in both of those categories, as he has amassed 176 catches and 1,994 receiving yards in just 24 games. Bernard missed nearly all of his sophomore campaign due to injury and will have two more years of eligibility to add to those marks.

DB Jack Hopkins

Hopkins was named to the All-Rookie Team after getting his career off to a solid start with an impressive freshman campaign. In 11 games, Hopkins notched 57 tackles, including 39 solo stops, intercepted three passes and broke up another, recorded a 15-yard sack and had 3.5 tackles for a loss of 22 yards. He ranked third on the team and 18th in the conference in tackles.

TE Mike Lombard

Lombard was also chosen for the All-Rookie Team after making four catches for 22 yards in 11 games. Lombard was also a key cog in the Hawks' blocking schemes that helped them set school records for total offense (4,424) and passing offense (3,359), in addition to ranking fifth all-time in rushing offense (1,065).

QB Andrew Murphy

QB Andrew MurphyMurphy came out of nowhere this season, starting the year as the fourth-string quarterback, but injuries to the three ahead of him forced him into action. He flourished, however, looking nothing like a freshman over the season's final seven weeks as he completed 60.5 percent (222-367) of his passes, while throwing for 2,475 yards and a school-record 26 touchdowns.

A five-time Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week recipient, an ECAC Offensive Player of the Week honoree and most recently, the D2Football.com Offensive Player of the Week, Murphy finished second in the conference in completions, attempts, passing yards, passing yards per game (275.6), passing touchdowns and longest completion – the 86-yarder to Bernard. The only person in front of him – the Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Year, Merrimack's Joe Clancy. Murphy also ranked third in completion percentage.

In a 52-45 victory at Seton Hill on Nov. 3, Murphy helped the Hawks set school records for points (52), total offense (774) and passing offense (612) as he went 45 of 74 (60.1%) for a school – and conference-record 612 yards and a program – and conference-tying record seven touchdown passes.

Murphy also set a school and NE-10 record for total offense (624) and matched Michael Pierce's school and conference record for attempts that was set at Stonehill College on Oct. 24, 2009.

With his final touchdown toss of the afternoon and 22nd of the year, Murphy broke the school record for passing TDs in a season that was set by Pierce in the 2009 campaign. Murphy finished just 154 passing yards short of Pierce's 2009 single-season mark in that category.

Nationally, Murphy ranks:

  • 11th in completions per game (24.7),
  • 15th in total points responsible for per game (18.4),
  • 21st in touchdowns, 22nd in passing yards per game,
  • 31st in total offense per game (281.3) and
  • 38th in total passing yards.

Winter Sports Preview: Hockey and Hoops

With the fall sports season concluding, the Hawks winter student-athletes are launching into their seasons. Men's and women's basketball and hockey have been on the ice and hardwood for several weeks, while the ski team undertakes a rigorous dry-land training regimen awaiting snow-covered slopes.

Below, we have excerpted highlights from the winter sports preview stories, published by Saint Anselm Athletics. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and through Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).

Men's Hockey

Experience is Key Word for 2012-13 Men's Ice Hockey Squad

The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team will look to make a run at its fourth straight Northeast-10 Conference title this season. At the close of the 2011-12 season, the Hawks posted a 14-8-5 overall record alongside a 7-8-3 ECAC Men's East record, en route to the team's seventh NE-10 championship title in program history.

This season, the roster features just three freshmen, nine sophomores, eight juniors, as well as eight seniors. With the loss of just one player to graduation – Ryan Holley – the Hawks are returning much of the depth from last season that they are familiar with.

"Our main focus this season will be capturing the Northeast-10 title. We want to take care of business in the NE-10, along with making a statement in the ECAC East and finishing in the top three."

Hawk s assistant coach Mike Curtis, a 2007 graduate of Saint Anselm, who enters his fifth season as the top assistant of head coach Ed Seney, outlined several of the team's goals entering the season.

"Only graduating one player, we are left with a veteran squad," explained Curtis. "We've got eight seniors with a lot of experience under their belt – winning three NE-10 Championships, coupled with strong leadership capabilities."

Saint Anselm also skates within the challenging ECAC Men's East, in addition to the always unpredictable Northeast-10 Conference, and strong records in both sets of standings are a priority for this year's squad as it hopes to make a run at its fourth straight NE-10 Championship title.

Women's Hockey

Last season, the Hawks won their fourth ECAC Women's Open Championship in program history, posting a 7-3 victory over the No. 1-ranked Crusaders of the College of the Holy Cross. It was the first ECAC Women's Championship under the reign of current Head Coach Kerstin Matthews. Cumulatively on the season, the Hawks posted a 20-6-1 overall record and a 12-5-1 record within the ECAC Women's East. Matthews is looking forward to this season, her fifth as the bench boss of the Hawks women's ice hockey team.

"I can definitely see a lot of hard work and lots of eagerness going through the systems of our team" explained Matthews. "With nine freshmen, we're definitely a young team, but we are excited to implement some new strategies and tactics. We also have a talented core-group of upper classmen to counter the youth of our team."

With the loss of goaltender Amy Zappen to graduation, the Hawks will have to look for a new net minder to fit between the pipes. Last season, as captain, Zappen clocked 1443:07 of play with a .911 save percentage.

"This season we have two candidates contending for the top spot, who will really have to prove themselves," explained Matthews. "I am excited to see what these two players do when they are given the opportunity to step-up in big situations this year."

Women's Basketball

Defensive-Minded Women’s Basketball Looking for Balance in 2012-13

Fourth-year head coach DeAnn Craft would like to be preparing for the Northeast-10 Championship and making a run at a title in early March, but here in early November, Craft has a squad that is nearly 50 percent unknown.

With eight returners and seven newcomers making up the roster, the newest edition of the Hawks are a blend of experience and fresh, new energy learning how to translate their games at the collegiate level. Luckily for Craft and her staff, the experienced group possesses enough talent, leadership and determination for the Hawks to be competitive while their new pieces get acclimated to both college life and the game of basketball at this revved up pace.

"One of our keys will be to continue the tradition that we began three seasons ago with a dogged desire to play harder and with an Anselmian spirit on every possession."

While both talent and leadership are must-haves when playing in the highly-competitive Northeast-10, it is the determination factor that could carry the Hawks furthest of all. It's not every year – and certainly not each day, each practice, each game – that you can make a team buy into a defense-first mentality. Craft, however, has done just that since arriving on the Hilltop three-plus years ago. The commitment to defense is part of the DNA of those eight returners and soon will be, as well – if not already – for the seven newcomers.

For Saint Anselm to be successful this season, it must continue to be more determined than its opponent on the defensive end. That was not a problem a year ago when the Hawks led the conference and ranked sixth in the nation, giving up just 52.8 points per game.

Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball Determined to Bounce Back in 2012-13

After going 12-14 a year ago, including 10-12 in Northeast-10 play to finish 10th in the conference, the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team and 27th-year head coach Keith Dickson would like to put the uncharacteristic season out of their memory. There would be no better way to do that than by earning their 30th Northeast-10 Championship berth and making a run at their eighth title.

Two wins in the first two games of the season doesn't hurt either. The Hawks earned a 101-84 victory against Concordia (N.Y.) College before posting a 77-51 win over Mercy College to capture both of their games at the Saint Rose Tip-Off Tournament.

"All in all, we were pleased with the way that we performed over the weekend," Dickson said. "We faced two teams that were totally different than us and the contrast in styles will be good for us going forward. We are breaking in some new players in the frontcourt and were quite pleased with the way our group of forwards played on both ends of the court."

Dickson welcomes back eight members of last season's squad and adds five newcomers to fill out his roster. With four of the top six scorers returning, the Hawks should be able to score the basketball and will look to improve on the defensive end.

"We were just so disappointed in our play last season that we are concentrating on putting a team on the court that will play basketball the right way," Dickson said. "If we play the way our Saint Anselm teams have played over the last 25 years, then this team will be pretty good. Where we end up in the league will play itself out in the end – we are just worried about making ourselves a quality basketball team by the end of the year."

The Hawks will be led on and off the court this season by co-captains James Morse (Arundel, Maine) and Dino Mallios (Winthrop, Mass.). Both guards have helped solidify a backcourt that started last season as somewhat of a question mark, but ended the year as the team's biggest strength.

"They are both solid and dependable basketball players and really the key to our perimeter defensive play," Dickson said. "We could use a little more production offensively from at least one of them to help balance our scoring distribution out a little bit, but they obviously will both be an important part of our overall group."

Editor's note: The ski team season preview is published later in the season. Follow men's and women's skiing via www.saintanselmhawks.com

Hawks Produce Three Win Day

Men's tennis

Tuesday brought three victories home to the Hilltop as fall break ended on a winning note. Volleyball and men's tennis earned victories at home, while men's soccer brought a "W" home from Assumption College. The Hawks have a busy week ahead, with multiple matches on the calendar for field hockey, football, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball. For latest news, including game previews and recaps from the Saint Anselm College athletic department, visit SaintAnselmHawks.com

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Men's Soccer

Men's soccerBrian Ayers scored the game-winning goal in double overtime as the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team topped Assumption College, 1-0, Tuesday afternoon at Multi-Sport Stadium.

The Hawks improve to 5-3-0 in the Northeast-10 conference,

Saint Anselm scored 1:15 into the second overtime frame when Cliff Parker dished a feed to Ayers, on the left, who sent the ball curling into the right side of the net.

With the goal, Ayers registered his fifth point of the season and his second consecutive game-winning goal for the Hawks.

Saint Anselm goalkeeper Eric Moriarty made four saves to earn the shutout.

Men's Tennis

Sophomore Nick Schwab and senior Michael Hanna each earned a pair of wins to help the Saint Anselm College men's tennis team pull out a 5-4 victory against Colby-Sawyer College in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon at the Saint Anselm Outdoor Tennis Courts.

Schwab captured a 6-3, 6-1 victory in his No. 2 singles match, before teaming with his brother, freshman Chris Schwab, to earn a 9-7 win.

Hanna posted a 6-2, 6-1 win in No. 6 singles and then, along with teammate, senior Joseph Zucchi, produced an 8-3 win.

Senior William Condon  and sophomore Kyle White combined for an 8-5 victory to round out the match.


Kyla Gustavson led the Hawks with double figures in kills and digs with 12 and 22, respectively, as the Saint Anselm College volleyball team upended Southern New Hampshire University, 3-1, Tuesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

Saint Anselm took the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-23, but then let the Penmen creep in and take the third, 25-16. In the fourth set, the game was tied at 15, before three straight Saint Anselm points forced a Southern New Hampshire timeout at 18-15. The Penmen cut their deficit to one, but the Hawks answered with five straight points to widen the gap to 23-17. SNHU responded with a 6-1 run of its own, but Shannon Douglas hammered a kill to end the set, 25-23.

Along with Gustavson's career-high 22, three other Hawks posted double digits in digs. Margaret Tereschuk added 20, while teammate Melissa Jewett chipped in 11. Natalie Steinwart dished 34 assists along with contributing 11 digs, three kills and two aces.

Douglas assisted with 13 kills and five digs, for a team-high .211 hitting percentage. Melissa Ouellet added six kills, three blocks and four aces over four sets.

On the night, Saint Anselm posted 43 kills, 76 digs and nine service aces.

Football’s First Night Under the Lights Draws a Large Crowd

Saint Anselm football

Blue and white were popular colors Friday night as the football team entered the field under the lights for the first time this season against Stonehill College. With the help of the campus activity board and the athletics department, all that were in attendance were flooded with Anselmian pride. “I've had 30 plus people come paint their face, their hands and their arms… I've painted my whole body. This is the most people I've seen at a game,” said R.A. Shane Matthews, who was displaying Hawk pride from head to toe in blue and white face paint.

Saint Anselm footballEqually impressed with the student turnout were campus activity board members, who gave out prizes to the first in attendance. "We're just really excited that we've had a lot of people come. We had 200 pairs of glasses to give out and we gave them all out. It's really cool seeing them flashing in the stands," stated Martha Lombard who was working with a group of other campus activity board members to make sure that everyone in the crowd was full of Anselmian spirit, by giving out unique pairs of flashing blue glasses to the first 200 people in attendance.

It truly was a night that brought everyone together. “It's really good that “CAB” and athletics have been working together for this” stated Allyn Doyle, explaining that the two groups worked as a team to make sure the night was fun and entertaining for everyone. Surely, the hard work of each and every student, staff, and faculty member paid off as one attendee, Matt Rocheleau, noted "it's great to see that the whole community comes out and there are a lot of people here," while a group of freshman girls collectively expressed “CAB is the best!”

It was easy to see that the Anselmian spirit and pride was felt on the football field as well. In the second quarter, Saint Anselm was leading Stonehill 13-7, rallying with a two-touchdown comeback after Stonehill’s original 7-0 lead. They fought strong up until the very end, with fans in the stands cheering them on the whole way in a close “battle for the ol' bronze hawk.” In the end, Stonehill took home the win, with a final score of 20-35.  Regardless of the end result, both the football team and the fans displayed true Anselmian pride until the very end.

Editors note: Story by Meagan Cox

Women's Lacrosse Earns First Ever National Ranking

The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team was ranked 15th in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll that was released Tuesday afternoon. The Hawks, who garner their first national ranking in the history of the program, were the only new team to break into the Week 4 poll. With the addition of Saint Anselm, the Northeast-10 now has seven teams ranked nationally, which is the most of any conference.

Saint Anselm (3-3, 1-1 NE-10) collected 18 votes after going 2-0 last week with a thrilling 19-18 victory against 12th-ranked Molloy College in their home opener Tuesday and a 23-18 win at American International College on Saturday.

The other win this season for the Hawks came against No. 8 Dowling College (13-11), while two of their three losses have been to nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 3 C.W. Post (16-5) and 10th-ranked Merrimack College (14-11).

The Hawks will immediately put their brand new national ranking to the test as they battle a pair of top-10 squads this week. The Hawks take on seventh-ranked Stonehill College on the road Wednesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. before playing host to No. 2 Adelphi University on Saturday, March 24 (1 p.m.) at Grappone Stadium.

Men's Lacrosse Ranked 11th Nationally By Division II Coaches

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.