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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Saint Anselm Athletics Enjoys Winning Weekend

Saint Anselm Men's Tennis

Saint Anselm athletes kicked off April in winning fashion, with victories recorded by baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, softball and men's and women's tennis. The men's club rugby team also garnered a third-place finish the the Rugby Northeast championship held on campus.

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Baseball

Saint Anselm BaseballJunior Robert Kelly tossed eight shutout innings and drove in a run as the Saint Anselm College baseball team captured victories in a pair of low-scoring contests against Bentley University on Sunday afternoon at DeFelice Field. Saint Anselm earned a 1-0 victory in game one before winning the second game, 3-1.

The Hawks improve to 10-13-1 on the season and remain unbeaten in the Northeast-10 Northeast Division at 2-0-1. The Falcons fall to 13-13, 1-2 NE-10 NE.

Men's Lacrosse

The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team posted their sixth-straight victory of the season, a 6-5 win against the Setters of Pace University, setting a program record Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium. With the victory, the No. 11-ranked Hawks boast a 6-1 overall record and an unblemished Northeast-10 Conference record (4-0). The Setters fall to 2-4 on the season and drop their second NE-10 contest of the year (1-2).

Women's Lacrosse

Senior Meghan Smith matched her career high with nine points and became the program's all-time leader in goals scored as the 13th-ranked Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team captured a 19-12 victory against Assumption College on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

The Hawks even their record at 5-5 on the season, including 3-3 in Northeast-10 play, while the Greyhounds drop to 2-6, 1-4 NE-10.

Softball

The Saint Anselm College softball team split Sunday afternoon's doubleheader with the Yellow Jackets of American International College, falling in game one by a 2-1 margin in extra innings but salvaging the final game by a 4-1 score. The Hawks exit Sunday's action with a 10-14 overall record and a 4-4 Northeast-10 Conference record while the Yellow Jackets fall to 8-14 overall alongside a 6-8 conference record.

Men's Tennis

Saint Anselm Men's TennisSenior Liam Concannon and juniors Joseph Zucchi, William Condon and Michael Hanna each earned a pair of points as the Saint Anselm College men's tennis team recorded a 7-2 victory against American International College on Saturday afternoon at the Carr Center. The Hawks improve to 2-6, including 1-6 in Northeast-10 play, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 0-5, 0-5 NE-10.

Women's Tennis

Sophomore Katherine Morrissey did not lose a single set all day as the Saint Anselm College women's tennis team earned a 9-0 victory against the University of New Haven on Sunday afternoon at the Yale Tennis Center. The Hawks improve to 5-3 on the season and in Northeast-10 play, while the Chargers fall to 0-10, 0-10 NE-10.

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

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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.