MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team posted 10 goals on Saturday against the University of New Haven, setting the program record in a non-conference victory at Grappone Stadium. The Hawks also celebrated its annual "Corners for a Cure" event.
Saint Anselm, ranked third in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, improves to 11-1 on the year while New Haven, in its first year as a varsity program, drops to 0-9. The result broke the previous team record of nine goals, set on Sept. 5, 2015 against Saint Thomas Aquinas. The Hawks also set the program record for points scored on offense with 26 (10-6=26) and took 58 shots as a team, the most in a single contest since the program's inception in 2001.
With Saturday's offensive outburst, the Hawks are only seven points away from setting the single-season record for points scored in one season - last year, Saint Anselm scored 55 goals and added 39 assists (55-39=149). The Hawks are two goals and as many assists away from equaling the team records in both statistics.
Hannah Potter, Emma Kincaid and Kendall Clifford each scored two goals in the victory. Emma Bartle and Emily Bevens recorded their first collegiate goals in the win and were joined on the scoresheet by Michelle Lemelin and Jackie Guillemette. Adding assists for Saint Anselm were Mary Nee, Leika Scott, Abby Walker, Anna Drakeley and Hannah Friend – the latter led her team with two helpers.
Guillemette put Saint Anselm on the board, 1-0, with her eighth goal of the season off of a Friend pass. Lemelin's second of the year was followed shortly thereafter by Potter's second of the season, creating a 3-0 lead for the Hawks with only 12:47 expired in regulation.
Saint Anselm created an 8-0 lead before halftime as Potter followed with her second goal of the contest before Potter ripped home two tallies. Kincaid scored her fifth and sixth goals of the season under two minutes apart and then Bevens and Clifford rounded out the scoring in the first 35 minutes.
Bartle's first career goal came at 64:08 and was followed by Clifford's second strike with one minute left in regulation time.
Saint Anselm outshot the visitors by a 58-to-0 margin and did not yield a penalty corner throughout the contest. The Hawks were awarded all 16 of the game's penalty corners.
Saint Anselm heads to Assumption this Tuesday, Oct. 10, taking on the Greyhounds at 7 p.m.
CORNERS FOR A CURE: Since the 2011 season, the Saint Anselm College field hockey team has organized a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Corners for a Cure was developed by two alumnae from the class of 2013 and this initiative has raised nearly $30,000 through this event over the past six seasons. The Saint Anselm field hockey team would like to thank everyone for their donations and support over the past six years.