NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior Mia Vecchione and junior Maddie Bressler each scored two goals to propel the fourth-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team to a 5-0 win over Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday.
Saint Anselm, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, remains in the midst of its best start in team history, posting nine-straight victories to open the season and four-straight in Northeast-10 Conference play. Southern Connecticut State drops to 2-8 overall and to 0-4 against league opponents.
The Hawks fired 38 shots in the contest, the second-most in program history. Saint Anselm stymied the Owls' offense throughout the contest, allowing only one shot on goal – freshman Julia Hand made the save for the Hawks, remaining without a defeat (7-0) to begin her Saint Anselm career.
Bressler scored the first two goals of the game for Saint Anselm off of assists from Abby Walker. Vecchione's first strike of the game came only 2:02 after Bressler's second goal at 24:00, creating an early 3-0 margin. Hannah Friend scored off a rebound in front of goal in the 68th minute before Vecchione buried a Friend pass to create the final 5-0 score.
Friend has registered at least one point in six of her last seven games and is tied with Vecchione for the team lead in point scoring (5-5=15). Friend is one point shy of tying her freshman campaign where she scored seven goals and two assists for 16 points (7-2=16).
Vecchione has equaled her career-high in point scoring and has recorded one point offensively in all but two games on the year and boasts seven points (3-1=7) in her last three games played.
Hand made one save for Saint Anselm while Brianna Craft made 21 saves in goal for Southern Connecticut State, drawing the loss. Sadie Young made a defensive stop for the Owls while Karley Welles fired her team's lone shot.
Saint Anselm heads to Mercy on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 11:30 a.m. for a non-conference showdown.