Saint Anselm Sets Program Record with Win vs. Pace

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Saint Anselm posted their sixth-straight victory of the season, a 6-5 win against the Setters of Pace, 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).

Prior to this season, the longest winning streak the program has had occurred during the 1999 season as Saint Anselm defeated five-straight opponents from Mar. 30, 1999 to Apr. 14, 1999 to conclude the season with a 11-4 record. The Hawks tied the program record for consecutive victories last Tuesday against Southern New Hampshire University, posting a 9-3 win over the Penmen at Larkin Field.

Through one quarter of play this afternoon, the Hawks held a 3-2 lead which they would not relinquish for the remainder of the competition. For Saint Anselm, sophomore Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) began the scoring with a man-up goal with 7:32 remaining in the first quarter, evening the score at one apiece. Freshman attack Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) notched his 13th goal of the season at 7:03 only 29 seconds following Mee's strike. Junior midfielder Daniel Sullivan (Rumford, R.I.) converted a Saint Anselm man-up opportunity with only 18 seconds remaining in the stanza, breaking a 2-2 score with his fourth goal of the season.

The Hawks traded goals in the second quarter as Mee notched his second of the game that was answered by John Kolesar's man-up goal for Pace late in the period. Senior captain Tyler Steinetz (Sparta, N.J.) scored an unassisted goal with 1:45 remaining in the half, lifting the Hawks to a 5-3 advantage at halftime.

Pace would outscore the Hawks in the second half by a 2-to-1 margin. Junior attack Thomas Earl scored with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 5-4. Senior attack Alex Vinciguerra (Canton, Mass.) would pot his first goal of the season off of a Kennedy feed to provide insurance with only 30 seconds remaining in the quarter to increase the Saint Anselm lead to two.

Freshman William Scioscia would strike for Pace in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to within one goal with 5:46 remaining in regulation time. In the waning minutes of the game, the Setters had possession in the offensive zone but a costly turnover by junior midfielder Mike Ruppert with only 26 seconds remaining on the clock effectively silenced any further comeback by Pace.

Hawks goaltender Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas) set a program record by winning his sixth-straight game between the pipes for Saint Anselm, turning aside five shots on net for the victory. Pace netminder Kevin Grady turned aside nine shots on goal for the Setters but drew the loss.

Notables: Saint Anselm won their sixth-straight game this afternoon, a program record ... Hawks goaltender Jonathon O'Reilly won his sixth-straight game for Saint Anselm, a program record ... The last Hawks goaltender to win five-straight games was Troy Peters who posted five consecutive victories from Mar. 30, 1999 to Apr. 14, 1999 ... Freshman attack Geoff Kennedy is riding a six-game point streak, scoring 13 goals and four assists for 17 points (13-4=17) during that span ... Sophomore Ryan Mee also has a six-game point streak, scoring eight goals and seven assists for 15 points (8-7=15) during that timeframe ... Attack Andrew Messner has scored at least one point in each of his six games this season ... Midfielder Daniel Sullivan has scored a goal in four-straight contests.

The Hawks return to action on Wednesday, Apr. 4 as they host the Falcons of Bentley University in a 7:00 p.m. contest under the lights at Grappone Stadium.

2012-03-31



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