PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Casey Gelderman and Abby Haimson combined for 12 goals and three assists to power No. 13 Pace University to a 21-9 victory over the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team in the Northeast-10 Conference on Saturday afternoon at Pace Stadium.
Gelderman registered six goals and two assists and Haimson added six goals and one assist for Pace (8-2, 6-1 NE10), which led Saint Anselm (5-7, 3-5 NE10) by three at halftime before pulling away in the second half. After trailing 7-2 midway through the first half, the Hawks closed to within three, 10-7, at the break, but the Setters scored the first 10 goals of the second half to run away with the victory.
Rachel Henderson scored a team-high four goals for Saint Anselm and the four goals were one shy of her season-high five at the University of Tampa on March 9. Erica Mattila contributed across the board with two goals, one assist, three ground balls and four draw controls, as did Marta Versprille, who recorded two goals, four ground balls, three draw controls and one caused turnover.
Liv Connly matched her season-high with four caused turnovers and also grabbed three ground balls. Zoie Cavotta recorded her fifth double-digit save performance of the season, finishing with 10 stops.
Ten players recorded at least one point for Pace on the afternoon. Outside of Gelderman and Haimson's big days, Angela Kelly had two goals and one assist, Mary Kate Lonegan netted two goals and Emily Ankabrandt had a goal and two assists for the Setters. Gelderman and Courtney Pabst combined for 12 draw controls for the hosts and Alissa Silvestri improved to 8-2 by making seven saves.
Haimson scored twice in the opening 48 seconds to get Pace off to a quick start. After the Setters opened up a 7-2 lead, Henderson and Mattila scored back-to-back goals to get Saint Anselm within three with 10:19 left in the first half. The Setters stretched their advantage back to five, 10-5, before Meaghan Sheehy scored with 15 seconds left in the half and Versprille added one with one second on the clock to make it a 10-7 game at the break.
Pace scored seven times in the first 8:52 of the second half to take a commanding 17-7 lead as part of the run of 10-straight goals for the hosts. Versprille ended the run with the Hawks' first goal of the second half with 5:28 to go and Henderson added a late free-position shot inside the final two minutes.
The Setters outshot the Hawks 37-23 in the game thanks in part to a 22-9 advantage in draw controls. Both teams had 15 ground balls in the game with Pace committing three fewer turnovers (10) than Saint Anselm (13).
The Hawks are back in action when they host Merrimack on Wednesday, April 12 in a 4 p.m. contest at Grappone Stadium.