Team effort powers No. 3 field hockey past Bentley

MANCHESTER, N.H. – For the second-straight game, the third-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team had four different student-athletes record at least one point to help the Hawks defeat Bentley University, 3-0, at Grappone Stadium on Friday.

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Saint Anselm (13-1, 7-1 NE10), the third-ranked team in NCAA Division II according to the National College Field Hockey Coaches Association, improves to 13-1 overall on the season. Bentley falls to 3-10 on the season, dropping its sixth Northeast-10 Conference tilt of 2017.

The Hawks extended their program record for point scoring in the victory, having scored 59 goals and 40 assists for 158 points (59-40=158) to date. This figure eclipses the program record set by the 2015 Saint Anselm team of 149 (55-39=149).

Senior Katie Neyland notched her second goal of the season at 13:52, carrying the ball through traffic and backhanding a shot past Bentley backstop Tatiana Naclerio. Classmate Emma Kincaid placed the Hawks up 2-0 with a backhanded shot of her own, putting one home at 45:24.

Sophomore Michelle Lemelin rounded out the scoring by tapping home a pass from sophomore Mary Nee at 55:55. Saint Anselm concluded the game with a 3-0 victory, having outshot Bentley by a 20-to-1 margin and earning 11 of the game's 13 penalty corners.

Freshman Julia Hand made one save in the victory, punching a ball out of midair to maintain the shutout for Saint Anselm. Naclerio yielded three goals on eight shots and Niki Neidhart posted a defensive save for Bentley.

The Hawks will head to Southern New Hampshire University this Wednesday, Oct. 18 for a 4 p.m. tilt with the Penmen.