Vecchione tallies twice for field hockey in road shutout

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Senior Mia Vecchione of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team notched two goals for the second-straight contest to help her team post a 5-0 win over the host Mavericks from Mercy College on Sunday.

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The fourth-ranked Saint Anselm (10-0) squad has won 10-straight games to begin the season, extending a program record for consecutive victories and wins to begin a season. Mercy (2-9) has lost five-straight contests.

Vecchione scored two goals and an assist, giving her four goals and an assist (4-1=5) in her last two contests. The senior is in the midst of a breakout campaign for the Hawks, having recorded at least one point of offense in all but two games to date. She now has two of her team's four game-winning goals since potting the overtime winner against Pace on Sept. 23.

Vecchione scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Emma Kincaid only 8:18 into the contest. Leika Scott scored her second goal of the season in the game's 25th minute off a Vecchione assist to capture a 2-0 lead heading into halftime. Through the first 35 minutes of play, Saint Anselm fired 12 shots and did not allow a shot to the Mavericks.

With 12:33 expired in the second half, Vecchione scored an unassisted goal to increase the Hawks lead to three goals. Anna Drakeley was fed by Mary Nee for her team's fourth goal at 49:20 and the latter put back a pass from Maddie Bressler to create the final 5-0 score only 4:10 later.

Making her third start of 2017, junior Sarah Bentley improved to 3-0 on the season by turning aside the lone shot on goal that she faced. The tandem of Julia Amell and Cheradyn Pettit yielded five goals on 20 shots against.

Saint Anselm, who has played six of its 10 games away from Grappone Stadium, returns to Manchester for a two-game home stand beginning this Wednesday, Oct. 4 against Merrimack at 7 p.m.