Rivier men’s lacrosse posts first-ever playoff win

Photo courtey of Rivier University Colby Larsen (25), the program's all-time leading goal scorer, led the Raiders with six goals to give them their first playoff win ever, 15-5 Saturday night over Anna Maria in the GNAC quarterfinals at Raider Field.

NASHUA – Finally.

The Rivier University men’s lacrosse team has had something to celebrate in the last day. It won its first postseason game ever – in its first home playoff game ever – routing Anna Maria, 15-5, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Saturday night at Raider Field.

But now it gets harder for the fourth seeded, 12-3 Raiders, as they’ll have to take on top seed Lasell (15-1 overall) in the conference semis Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Newton, Mass. School’s Grellier Field.

The Lasers are working on a 14-game winning streak, which includes an 18-7 home regular season win over Rivier back on March 30.

“We need to be ready to put our best game of the year together,” Raiders coach Jay Delanoy said, “to give ourselves a chance to win.”

The Raiders are looking to extend the career of their top scorer in program history, senior Colby Larsen, plus nine of his fellow seniors. Larsen did a good job of helping them do that Saturday night with six goals and two assists.

Riv led 6-1 after the first quarter but was up only 6-3 at halftime. The Raiders then outscored Anna Maria 5-2 in the third to lead 11-5 and finished the game with four fourth quarter goals.

Also for the Raiders, Rob Fullerton had three goals as did Dylan McSparren. Eric Guinasso had a pair and Corey Hicks added a goal.

Raider Sean Brady led in assists with four while McSparren had three.

“Our offense was successful both in transition and in settled situations,” Delanoy said. “The ball moved well and a lot of guys made good choices with the ball.”

The Raiders outshot Anna Maria 46-38 overall and survived 12 out of 14 man-down situations. Raider goalie Matt Cloutman had 14 saves.

“Cloutman played great,” Delanoy said. “Our entire defense did a great job of limiting (Anna Maria’s) offense when things settled into 6-on-6 in our defensive end.”