Early goals pace No. 5 field hockey at Adelphi

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The fifth-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team scored twice in the opening 2:37 of action en route to a 3-0 shutout of the host Panthers from Adelphi University on Saturday.

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Ranked fifth nationally according to the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Coaches' Poll, the Hawks move to 4-0 on the year and collect their first Northeast-10 Conference victory of 2017. Adelphi has lost four of its first five contests on the year.

Hannah Friend set up Collins' goal only 1:46 into the game, sending a carom over to the goal scorer to create an early 1-0 advantage. Collins returned the favor to teammate Jackie Guillemette under one minute later, earning an assist on Guillemette's team-leading fourth tally of the season.

Hannah Potter scored her first collegiate goal in the 27th minute, tipping home a blast from Mia Vecchione at the top of the circle. In total, the Hawks fired 15 of the game's 21 shots and earned 15 of the game's 22 penalty corners on their way to the shutout, the team's second in as many games.

Freshman Julia Hand remains undefeated in goal for Saint Anselm, halting both shots on net that she faced. Amanda Gargiulo turned aside eight shots, yielding 11 goals while Samantha Nizich picked up the lone defensive save of the day for Adelphi.

Saint Anselm returns to action Sunday, Sept. 17, taking on Saint Thomas Aquinas College in a 10 a.m. road contest.