Field hockey celebrates Alumnae Day with 3-1 victory

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Three members of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team found the back of the net on Saturday, helping the Hawks to a 3-1 victory over visiting Saint Michael's College at Grappone Stadium.

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Saint Anselm sees its overall record even at 2-2 following the non-league contest. The Hawks also welcomed back their former student-athletes on Alumnae Appreciation Day. Saint Michael's has lost four-straight games to begin its season.

Senior Abby Walker (Scarborough, Maine), junior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) and freshman Emilie Martin (Yarmouth, Maine) each scored for Saint Anselm, winners of seven of its last eight over the Purple Knights. The Hawks held the decisive statistical advantage in shots taken (22-to-6) while also earning 10 of the game's 14 total penalty corners.

Walker started the scoring for Saint Anselm with under 10 minutes to go in the first half. Junior Emma Bartle (Acton, Mass.) flipped a ball toward the crease from the right side where it was reeled in by Walker, who backhanded the ball inside the left post for her ninth career goal.

Lemelin's first marker of the season propelled the Hawks to a 2-0 lead. With Saint Michael's netminder Anna Hurley sprawled out on the ground and trying to swipe the ball away through heavy traffic, Lemelin settled the ball and fired it between the legs of a Purple Knights defender.

Just under 10 minutes after Nell Criscione halved the Hawks advantage with a goal at 45:14, Martin scored the first goal of her collegiate career off of an assist from sophomore Ericka Meissner (East Falmouth, Mass.). At the top of the circle, junior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.) fired a shot that was blocked down by Saint Michael's. Her second shot attempt was tipped by Meissner and Martin on the way home, adding insurance down the stretch for the hosts.

Sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) made one save on two shots in the win, her second of the year for Saint Anselm. Hurley made three saves on six shots, drawing the loss.

Saint Anselm will travel to LIU Post for an 11 a.m. contest on Sunday, Sept. 23 to open Northeast-10 Conference play.