No. 16 Men’s Lacrosse Upended by No. 17 Saint Anselm

BOX SCORE

When and Where: April 19, 2017 – Goffstown, N.H. (Grappone Stadium)
Score: No. 17 Saint Anselm College 19, No. 16 Southern New Hampshire University 9
Records: SNHU 8-4 (6-4 Northeast-10), Saint Anselm 7-4 (6-3 Northeast-10)

Junior Corey Cairo (Wading River, N.Y.) tallied four goals and an assist Wednesday, but a seven-goal second quarter propelled No. 17 Saint Anselm College to a 19-9 victory over No. 16 Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference men's lacrosse action at Grappone Stadium.

Junior Dan Malave (Wading River, N.Y.) also scored twice for the Penmen, while senior Daniel Trainor (Billerica, Mass.) and junior John Miller (Bedford, N.H.) each added a goal and an assist in the setback.

Alex Pacitti totaled a game-high six points on four goals and a pair of helpers for the Hawks. Patrick Sweeney chipped in with four goals and an assist, while Mark Vitello potted four goals as well.

Southern New Hampshire started fast with two goals in the first 3:14 of the opening quarter. Senior Zach Jacobs (Tewksbury, Mass.) collected a feed from Trainor and deposited his 14th of the year into the back of the net just 2:15 into the contest before Cairo fed Malave on the man-up 1:01 later to build a two-goal edge. Sweeney broke through for Saint Anselm at the midway point of the first, and it sparked a four-goal run to close the quarter to give the hosts a 4-2 edge through 15 minutes of play.

The Hawks continued their run into the second, as Vitello scored twice in the first 1:54 before Cairo brought the Penmen back to within three when he buried a feed from sophomore Joseph Mayernik (Pearl River, N.Y.) at 3:26. After Saint Anselm responded with three consecutive strikes to establish a 9-3 advantage with 6:20 to play in the first half, Cairo went back-to-back at 8:57 and 13:44 to slice the deficit back to four. The Hawks again answered back, with Sweeney adding his second and Pacitti completing his hat trick in the final 26 seconds of the half to make it 11-5 at the break.

Neither side was able to generate any offense through the first eight-plus minutes of the third before Saint Anselm went off for three-straight tallies to balloon its advantage to 14-5. After Cairo recorded his second with 1:01 to go in the third, the Hawks struck for four-straight to start the final quarter and take an 18-6 lead with 8:16 remaining. Senior Cameron McGuire (Melrose, Mass.) stopped the run at 7:17, and after another Saint Anselm score, Malave and Miller capped the game's scoring.

Senior Matt McIntire (Milford, Mass.) suffered the setback in the Southern New Hampshire cage after stopping seven shots in the first 23:40. Classmate Tyler Walsh (Northampton, Mass.) made eight saves in the ensuing 28:04 before junior Michael Brawley (Tewksbury, Mass.) steered aside two of the three attempts to come his way in the final 8:16.

Notes:
- The Hawks won both the turnover (25-15) and groundball (39-29) battle Wednesday, while the Penmen held an 18-12 edge at the faceoff X. Saint Anselm finished 4-for-7 on the man advantage compared to a 2-for-5 showing on extra-man opportunities by Southern New Hampshire.
- Saint Anselm earns two points in the 2016-17 Queen City Cup standings, and now trails the Penmen, 20-14.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire resumes play Saturday (April 22) when it heads to Waterbury, Connecticut for a 4 p.m. faceoff against Post University.

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