Bryant vs. Saint Anselm
April 19, 2008
The Game Story:
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The fifth-ranked Bryant University men's lacrosse team shook off a slow start in the opening period and overcame an early deficit earning a 19-7 win over visiting Saint Anselm College before 972 at a sun-splashed Bulldog Stadium Saturday. The win is Bryant's eighth-straight heading into next Saturday's regular-season finale against Southern New Hampshire.

Saint Anselm (6-6, 4-4 NE-10), riding the momentum from Wednesday's overtime win over Southern New Hampshire, took advantage of sloppy play by the Bulldogs in the early going. After Bryant's Bryan Kaufmann (Putnam Valley, NY) put the Bulldogs up 1-0 just 46 seconds into the game, Saint Anselm's Steve Trocki made it 1-1 with the first of his three goals on the afternoon.

Kevin Hoagland (Glastonbury, CT) would put Bryant back in front 2-1, but the Hawks, behind the steady play of goalie Dan Flynn (15 saves), would answer again, this time scoring four unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead after one quarter of play. Mike McLain had a pair of goals during the run, but Bryant would regroup.

A Matt McKeefrey (Melville, NY) goal to open the second quarter started a six-goal run by the Bulldogs who quickly regained the lead and never looked back. Bryant (11-3, 8-1 NE-10) led 6-5 at the half, but would out-score the Hawks 17-2 over the course of the final three quarters of the game.

McKeefrey had a big game for the Bulldogs, scoring three goals on the afternoon while adding three assists. Hoagland would finish with five while Kaufmann added three goals of his own plus picked up two more assists to add to his team-best 20 assists this season.

Bryant out-shot the Hawks 58 to 23 and won 26 of 29 face-offs including another solid afternoon for sophomore Andrew Hennessey (Wading River, NY) who lost just twice, finishing 25 for 28 in the circle.