Saint Anselm vs. Southern New Hampshire
April 21, 2003
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The Game Story:
Hawks Top Penmen For Third Straight Saint Anselm Drills SNHU, 20-14

Manchester, N.H. (April 21, 2003)-The Saint Anselm men's lacrosse team used three separate performances of six points or more to break the 20 goal barrier for the first time since April 17, 2002 with a, 20-14, victory over cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire in a Northeast-10 game at the South Athletic Fields.

With the win, the Hawks improved to 4-5 on the year and retained sixth-place in the NE-10 by evening their record at 3-3 in league play. SNHU fell to 1-7 for the season and 0-6 against conference opponents.

Sophomore Kevin Allwarden (Amherst, Mass./ Souhegan) got the Hawks started by opening the scoring with the first of his three first-half goals with 11:39 remaining in the first period. Junior Mike Smith (Beverly, Mass./ Beverly) also played a key role in propelling Saint Anselm to an 8-5 halftime lead with three of his game-high seven points coming before the midpoint of the contest.

The Penmen would not go down quietly, however, as a pair of early second-half goals from freshman Joe Hezlep (S. Portland, Maine) and sophomore Tom Silver (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) brought the visitors to within one, 8-7, with 12:05 to play in the third. The Hawks retaliated with four unanswered goals to put the game out of reach, before heading to the final period with a comfortable 13-8 advantage.

Freshman goaltender Alex Gostanian (Andover, Mass./ Andover) went the distance in the cage for Saint Anselm and made 17 saves on the afternoon while allowing only 14 goals in the win. Senior Nick Beltz (Milford, Conn.) gave up the 20 Hawks' goals in defeat but managed to stop 13 shots.

In addition to the seven points from Smith and six from Allwarden, junior Cliff Ambrose (Gloucester, Mass./ Gloucester) netted four goals and dished out a pair of assists, and senior Steve Gadreau (Nashua, N.H./ Nashua) chipped-in with four goals.

Sophomore Dan Bierbower (Hopewell Valley, N.J.) led the Penmen with four goals and one assist, while Hezlep kept pace with four goals as well.

The Hawks take the field again tomorrow when Saint Anselm travels to Saint Michael's for a 3:30 PM face-off.