No. 4 field hockey cruises past AIC, 9-0

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey program wrapped up its regular season on Friday evening, downing the Yellow Jackets from American International College by a 9-0 score at Grappone Stadium. The Hawks will head to the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs next week for the third-straight season.

Saint Anselm, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, caps its regular season with a 17-1 overall record alongside an 11-1 mark against Northeast-10 Conference competition. American International sees its season come to a close with a 2-16 overall record alongside a 1-11 mark in league play.

Sophomore Hannah Friend notched three goals for Saint Anselm, joining senior Emma Kincaid (two assists) and junior Maddie Bressler as the Hawks' multiple-point scorers on the evening. Kincaid now needs only two points to tie the all-time program record of 74 points set by Kristina Katsikis '13.

Six different players tallied goals for the home team as the Hawks as Friend opened up the scoring with back-to-back goals only 53 seconds apart in the game's ninth minute. Bressler followed with her fourth goal of the season before senior Erin Collins wrapped up the first half scoring with her sixth goal of the season, set up by Kendall Clifford.

Friend produced her third hat trick of the season only 4:31 into the second half, improving the Saint Anselm lead to 5-0. Bressler struck again for the Hawks sixth goal and preceded Hannah Potter's third goal of the season at 54:29. Michelle Lemelin and Mia Vecchione rounded out the scoring with goals in the final 10 minutes of play.

Freshman Ericka Meissner registered her first collegiate point, an assist, on Lemelin's fifth goal of the season. She is the 17th different student-athlete from Saint Anselm to record a point in a game in 2017 – the Hawks extended their program record for point scoring, scoring 78 goals and 50 assists for 206 points (78-50=206).

Goaltender Julia Hand earned the victory for Saint Anselm, improving to 13-1 on the year. Junior Sarah Bentley made saves on all three shots faced for the Hawks. Alexis Torosian made 11 saves on 20 shots, drawing the loss for American International.

The Hawks honored their nine graduating seniors in a pre-game ceremony, recognizing Kincaid, Katie Neyland, Collins, Leika Scott, Zoe Griffin, Vecchione, Allia Connolly, Jackie Guillemette and Student Assistant Coach Sara McCarthy for their contributions to the program across lengthy careers.

Saint Anselm has locked down a postseason berth in the upcoming NE10 playoffs and will await the results of Saturday's action across the league to determine its next opponent and location.