Bressler's last-minute goal lifts field hockey past No. 7 Assumption

Bressler's last-minute goal lifts field hockey past No. 7 Assumption

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior forward Maddie Bressler (Franklin, Mass.) of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team scored the game-winning goal with 49.9 seconds left in regulation time, handing the nationally-ranked Greyhounds from Assumption College a 2-1 loss on Saturday at Grappone Stadium.

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Saint Anselm evens its overall record at 3-3, improving to 1-1 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Assumption, ranked seventh nationally in the most recent Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II National Coaches Poll, drops to 4-3 on the season and to 0-2 versus league foes.

The Hawks have won 31 of its last 36 games at Grappone Stadium since the start of the 2015 season, losing only one regular season home game during that stretch. Saint Anselm also defeated its first nationally-ranked opponent of the 2018 season with the victory.

On the team's first penalty corner of the second half, the Hawks cashed in with under one minute left to go in regulation time. Junior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) sent the ball to the top of the arc where it was sent to junior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.) off the stick of junior Mary Nee (Canton, Mass.). Lord sent a skipper into the mix where it was jammed past Assumption's backstop by Bressler for the game-winning strike.

A Sam Tepper shot from the top of the arc sparked a scoring opportunity for the Greyhounds. Hawks netminder Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) was up to the task, saving the long-range attempt, but Jennifer Beardsley picked up the rebound and forced it home to create a 1-0 lead only 5:50 into the contest.

Off of a first-half corner, freshman Emilie Martin (Yarmouth, Maine) tied the game at one with her second career goal in the 24th minute. Receiving a pass from the top of the circle, sophomore Kendall Clifford (South Easton, Mass.) sent a shot toward the right post where it was tipped home by Martin for the equalizer.

Hand earned the win for Saint Anselm, turning aside four of the five shots on goal that she faced. Sarah Bodzinski made six saves on eight shots, falling to 4-3 on the year in net.

Saint Anselm heads to Saint Michael's College for a 3 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Oct. 3.