No. 9 Saint Anselm Drops Heartbreaker to Franklin Pierce

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Saint Anselm lost their first game dating back to Feb. 27 as the Ravens of Franklin Pierce defeated the Hawks by an 11-10 margin Saturday evening at Grappone Stadium. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 8-2 overall and to 5-1 within Northeast-10 play. The Ravens overall record evens up at 5-5, while they collect their third league win of the season (3-4). Franklin Pierce collects their first ever program victory against the nationally-ranked Hawks this evening.

Saint Anselm did not possess a lead through the first three quarters of action but tied the game up with 7:02 remaining in the fourth quarter as captain Tyler Steinetz (Sparta, N.J.) forced home a Daniel Sullivan (Rumford, R.I.) feed to knot the score at nine apiece. Freshman James Peters (Medway, Mass.) scored his fifth goal in two games to place Saint Anselm ahead by a 10-9 score, but two unanswered goals by the Ravens within the final 2:15 eliminated any comeback opportunities.

The Hawks and Ravens traded goals within the first seven minutes as midfielder Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.) and Peters countered Franklin Pierce strikes to even the score at two apiece. The Ravens scored the next three goals, including two by attack Kevin Dargin, to take a 5-2 lead exiting the first quarter.

Saint Anselm rallied in the opening minutes of the second quarter as two strikes from Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) brought the Hawks to within one goal. Mallinson countered a Cody MacLellan goal with 3:29 left in the first half to maintain the one goal deficit, but an Eddie Noonan strike with 1:11 remaining in the half granted Franklin Pierce a 7-5 halftime lead.

Franklin Pierce would maintain their two goal lead entering the fourth quarter as each team potted two goals in the third stanza. Steinetz and attack Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) struck for Saint Anselm with Dargin and Brendan Cahill tallying markers for the Ravens.

Messner and Steinetz closed the deficit, scoring the first two goals of the fourth quarter to tie the game at nine. Peters added the fourth straight Saint Anselm goal as the Hawks captured a 10-9 lead but could not maintain that advantage in the final five minutes of regulation time.

Hawks goaltender Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas) made eight saves in net for Saint Anselm but drew the loss, his second of the season. Ravens netminder Don Denman made 11 save en route to his team's victory, netting his fifth win of the year.

Notables: Tonight's loss ends an eight game winning streak, the longest such streak in program history ... The streak began on Feb. 27 against No. 6 NYIT and ended with tonight's loss ... The Hawks drop their first Northeast-10 Conference game with this evening's defeat ... Goaltender Jonathon O'Reilly loses only his second game of the season tonight, ending an eight game winning streak of his own ... The Hawks have never lost to Franklin Pierce in their program's history until this evening ... Attack James Peters scored a goal in his third straight game this evening and has six goals in his last three games.

The Hawks return to action Tuesday, Apr. 17 as they travel to North Andover, Mass. to take on the Warriors of Merrimack College in a 7:00 p.m. contest.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (April 14, 2012) -- Franklin Pierce University scored two unanswered goals in the closing minutes Saturday night to pull off a huge come-from-behind 11-10 victory over No. 9 nationally ranked Saint Anselm at Grappone Stadium in Manchester, N.H. The victory evened the Ravens record at 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the Northeast-10, while the Hawks fell to 8-3 and 5-1 in league play.

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