Fourth-ranked field hockey soars past Assumption in opener

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The fourth-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team opened its 2017 season with its highest-scoring game in two years, defeating Assumption College 6-2 in a non-conference matchup on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

Box Score

Abby Walker led the offensive outburst with a pair of goals for Saint Anselm (1-0), whose six goals were the program's most since a 9-0 win over St. Thomas Aquinas in its 2015 season opener on Sept. 5, 2015. Emma Kincaid, Jackie Guillemette, Mia Vecchione and Michelle Lemelin also found the back of the net for the Hawks, who posted a pair of 1-0 wins over Assumption last season.

It did not take long for the Hawks to open the scoring as Kincaid worked her way to the top of the box and shot into the low-left corner juts 5:43 into the game. A little over 10 minutes later, Guillemette doubled Saint Anselm's lead, collecting a pass from Anna Drakeley and finding the same corner as Kincaid after 17:12.

Walker capped the three-goal first half with her first of the afternoon 27:29 in with a shot from the right side of the box that went across the goalie and into the lower corner. The Hawks outshot the Greyhounds 8-0 in the opening half.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Vecchione made it 4-0 with a penalty stroke. Shortly after, Mary Nee found Lemelin in front following a penalty corner for the Hawks' fifth goal. Assumption came back with the game's next two goals, as Kolby Burger and Molly Quinlan scored 1:17 apart with both goals coming after penalty corners.

Walker closed the scoring with 7:03 remaining as her shot from the left side of the box trickled over the line with Lemelin on the doorstep.

Shots for the game were 13-4 in favor of Saint Anselm, which also led 7-2 in penalty corners. Sarah Bodzinski took the loss for Assumption despite five saves, while Sarah Bentley earned her first-career win with one save.

The Hawks head to Saint Michael's on Thursday, Sept. 7 for a 4 p.m. game against the Purple Knights, which took top-ranked and defending national champion Shippensburg to overtime on Saturday but fell 2-1.