Seniors spur women's hockey to 12-1 Senior Day win

MANCHESTER, N.H.Alex Starzyk tallied three goals and four assists and Alison Butler had five helpers as the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team celebrated Senior Day in a big way with a 12-1 victory over Saint Michael's College on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.

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In total, Saint Anselm (18-2-3, 13-1-1 NEHC) got points from 14 different skaters and 10 recorded multiple points as the Hawks stretched their unbeaten streak to 10-straight games, the fifth-longest active streak in the country. Jillian Witwicki scored the lone goal of the game for Saint Michael's (3-19-0, 3-12-0 NEHC) late in the first period to get the Purple Knights within 4-1 but the Hawks scored the game's final eight goals over the final 40 minutes.

Starzyk's seven points were the second-highest single-game total in program history, trailing only Kathryn Picarello's nine points against Plymouth State on Feb. 15, 2013. Butler's five assists tied Jacqueline Bouchie's five against New England College on Jan. 17, 2014 for second in program history, only trailing Picarello's six in her nine-point outing.

Alison Quinn also had a big night, finishing with two goals and two assists, while Ashley Moran added a pair of goals. Sara McNamara, Kaley Campbell, Meaghan Spurling and Victoria Shea each had a goal and an assist. Seniors accounted for 21 points for the Hawks on Senior Day and Hannah Synnott earned the win with 10 saves.

Prior to the game, Saint Anselm recognized its eight-player senior class of Alex Starzyk, Alison Quinn, Savanna Poole, Alison Butler, Meaghan Spurling, Martha Findley, Victoria Shea and Hannah Synnott for their hard work and dedication over the last four seasons.

Saint Anselm got on the board first at 5:46 of the opening period as Amanda Conger outskated the Saint Michael's defense and scored on a short-handed breakaway just eight seconds into the penalty kill. The Hawks then rattled off three goals in the span of 3:34, as Moran, Spurling and Shea lit the lamp in quick succession to make it 4-0 prior to Witwicki's goal.

Starzyk grabbed her first goal of the afternoon just 41 seconds into the second period, before McNamara and Moran scored 11 seconds apart at 6:50 and 7:01. Moran's two-goal performance was the second of her Saint Anselm career.

The Hawks tacked on five more goals in the third to post their second double-digit goal game of the season. Saint Anselm blanked Nichols 14-0 back on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the third game of the season to establish the school record for goals in a game.

Like Starzyk in the second, Quinn scored after 41 seconds of the third from classmates Starzyk and Butler. Starzyk scored the next two goals to complete the second hat trick of her career, while her seven points moved her up two spots to fourth in program history with 112 for her career. Quinn and Campbell rounded out the scoring for the Hawks over the final eight minutes.

Saint Anselm outshot Saint Michael's 64-11 in the game, including 23-1 in the third period. Three goalies saw time in net for the Purple Knights, led by Erica Ragazzo's 33 saves over the final 34:19 of the game.

The Hawks head to Holy Cross on Thursday, Feb. 16 for a 7:05 p.m. showdown with the Crusaders. Saint Anselm is currently one point ahead of Holy Cross and Manhattanville in the NEHC standings with two games to go in the regular season.

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