Hawks Clipped at Franklin Pierce

RINDGE, N.H. Sophomore Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) and classmate James Peters (Medway, Mass.) each scored three points, but Saint Anselm fell to Franklin Pierce, 9-7, Saturday afternoon at Sodexo Field in Rindge.

The Hawks dip to 2-6 overall and 2-4 in league play, while the Ravens won for the third time in four games to even their overall record at 4-4 and 3-3 in league play.

Saint Anselm knotted the game up at one when Jake Mallinson (Middleton, R.I.) sent a pass to Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) at 9:11 of the opening quarter. The Ravens tacked on another pair of goals, bringing their lead to two at 3-1, before Peters netted his first goal of the contest to close scoring in the first and put the Hawks within one.

Kennedy opened the second with his goal just 1:16 into the quarter after he received a pass from Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.) and knotted the game at three. Franklin Pierce's Kevin Dargin scored on the extra-man advantage at 5:49, putting the Ravens back up one goal with a score of 4-3. The second turned out to be Kennedy's quarter as he found the net for a second time, once again tying the game.

Franklin Pierce started the third with back-to-back goals from Cody MacLellan and Dargin, before Peters came knocking for the Hawks with 4:05 left to play, putting them within a one-goal reach.

Each team scored again, Erik Kelly for the Ravens and Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) for Saint Anselm, moving into the final quarter with a score of 7-6 in favor of Franklin Pierce.

Dargin netted his third of the game past Saint Anselm goalkeeper Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas), before Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) potted a goal for the Hawks at the 10:08 mark, attempting to take the lead a final time. The Ravens finalized their win with a goal from Kelly with 8:51 remaining and Raven goalie Don Denman made key saves in the final minutes to preserve the victory.

O'Reilly made 10 saves, while Denman stopped 18 of 25 shots on goal. The Hawks were 1-4 on the extra-man advantage, while Franklin Pierce was 2-6. Faceoffs were split with each team winning 10 apiece.

The Hawks return to action Wednesday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. when they travel to Saint Michael's College.


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