RINDGE, N.H. – Meaghan Sheehy led the way with four goals and three assists as the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team topped Franklin Pierce 11-10 in a snowy Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon at Sodexo Field.
Saint Anselm (4-4, 2-2 NE10) and Franklin Pierce (2-3, 0-3 NE10) split a 16-goal first half evenly, before the scoring slowed down in the second. Sheehy scored a pair of goals in the first 8:03 of the second half and the Hawks held the Ravens to just two goals after the break to pick up the victory.
Sheehy's seven-point performance was her second-highest point total of the season, as she scored at least four goals for the fifth time in eight games this year. Erica Mattila scored a season-high three goals for the Hawks, while Rachel Henderson added two. Emma Palumbo and Marta Versprille also tallied goals for Saint Anselm.
Versprille also grabbed four draw controls for the Hawks, while Lauren Lockard had three. Liv Connly recorded three ground balls, with Zoie Cavotta and Lockard each picking up two. Cavotta made five stops in net to even her record at 4-4 this season.
Caitlin Sweeney scored four goals, Julia Miller had three and Anna Wilbert tallied two for Franklin Pierce. Briana Sweeney recorded three assists and had a game-high five draw controls. Denise Hunt took the loss despite nine saves for the Ravens.
Both offenses started out on top as the teams combined for five goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. Caitlin Sweeney had a pair of unassisted goals for Franklin Pierce, while Henderson, Sheehy and Versprille scored on free-position shots for the Hawks in the early stages.
After the Ravens took a 4-3 lead midway through the opening half, Saint Anselm scored four of the next five goals to go ahead 7-5 with 7:39 to go before the break, with Sheehy recording a goal and two assists during the run. Franklin Pierce responded with a 3-1 run to close the half to make it an 8-8 game at halftime.
Early in the second half, Sheehy put Saint Anselm ahead but Wilbert replied 47 seconds later to tie it back up. The Hawks got goals from Mattila and Sheehy 31 seconds apart to claim an 11-9 lead with 21:57 remaining. Neither team scored for the next 20-plus minutes until Caitlin Sweeney's free-position shot with 1:01 left made it a one-goal game.
After the goal, the Ravens won the draw control but, after Megan Schaeffer fired wide, Taylor Patterson forced a turnover and picked up the ground ball with seven seconds left to help the Hawks hang on.
Saint Anselm travels to No. 19 Bentley for a 6 p.m. start on Wednesday, March 29.