MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team picked up its first win of the 2018 season on Wednesday, sprinting past Southern New Hampshire University by a 4-1 margin at Larkin Field.
The Hawks improve to 1-2 on the season while Southern New Hampshire has also lost two of its first three games of the season. Saint Anselm is undefeated in seven games against the Penmen since Southern New Hampshire reintroduced the sport in 2014.
Junior Mary Nee (Canton, Mass.) put the Hawks on the scoreboard only 4:31 into the contest, firing a long shot from the right side past Southern New Hampshire netminder Melanie Rennie.
Classmate Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) scored again for the Hawks less than two minutes later, deflecting a shot from Kendall Clifford (South Easton, Mass.) home off of a Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) penalty corner. With the goal, Friend moves to fifth place all-time in program history with 52 career points (21-10=52), tying Meagan Halligan '16.
Following a Penmen goal from Maddie Holt at 23:14, junior Emma Bartle (Acton, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals with under 10 minutes to go in regulation to create an insurmountable advantage for the visitors.
Sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) made one save on two shots against while junior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.) picked up a defensive save. Rennie yielded four goals on nine shots against, drawing her second loss of the year.
The Hawks outshot the hosts by a 13-to-8 margin and were awarded eight of the game's 12 penalty corners.
Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille, the league's reigning Coach of the Year, picked up her 70th career victory on the Hilltop with Wednesday's result.