WORCESTER, Mass. – Needing a win in its regular-season finale to earn its first Northeast-10 Championship berth since 2007, the Saint Anselm College field hockey team was quieted by Assumption College, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Stadium.
The Hawks close out their season at 6-11 overall, including 4-6 in Northeast-10 play, and finish tied for the sixth and final tournament spot, but lost the tiebreaker for the second time in three seasons. The Greyhounds finish 2013 at 7-11, 3-7 NE-10.
Assumption took the wind out of Saint Anselm's sails just 2:18 into the contest when Bethany Rocha's shot from the middle of the circle beat freshman goalkeeper Katherine Sears (Northboro, Mass.) to grab an early 1-0 lead. Abigail Heroth earned an assist on the play after getting the ball to Rocha off a penalty corner.
The Greyhounds doubled their lead with 9:06 to play in the opening half when Meghan Sullivan corralled a rebound and took a shot that was deflected into the lower right corner off a tip-in from out front off the stick of Taylor Chase.
Saint Anselm was smothered in the first half as it was outshot 11-1 and endured a 7-0 deficit in penalty corners. The Hawks made things closer in the second half, but it was Assumption that finally put the ball in the back of the net as Megan Eccleston tapped in a rebound at the left post to make it 3-0 with just 1:20 remaining in the contest.
Sears made five saves, while Assumption goalkeeper Heather Philbrick stopped one shot and Angela Razzano made a defensive save on another.
Assumption held large advantages in both shots (17-4) and corners (8-1).
This was the final game in a Saint Anselm uniform for seniors Elizabeth Sears (Danvers, Mass.), Eliza Jalbert (Providence, R.I.) and Nicole Foley (Falmouth, Maine). Sears finished second all-time in program history in points (65), goals (24) and assists (17), falling just nine points, four goals and one assist shy of each record.