MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team cruised to a 7-0 victory over Southern Connecticut State University at Grappone Stadium on Saturday.
Saint Anselm, who raised awareness for breast cancer research in its annual Play 4 A Cure game, has won three-straight games, improving to 5-3 overall on the season and to 3-1 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Southern Connecticut State remains without a victory in nine games played to date.
The Hawks have won 32 of their last 37 games at Grappone Stadium since the start of the 2015 season, losing only one regular season home game during that stretch.
Holders of a distinct 33-2 advantage in shots taken, the Hawks matched their team record for assists, earning credit for six on seven Saint Anselm goals. The seven goals is not only a season-high mark but stands as the fifth-most in a single game dating back to the program's inception in 2018.
Sophomore Hannah Potter (Harwichport, Mass.) assisted the first goal of the game, sending a pass to senior Abby Walker (Scarborough, Maine) who was positioned right in front of the Southern Connecticut State netminder. Swinging from right to left, Walker wrapped the ball around the goalie to elevate the Hawks to the 1-0 advantage with just under 21 minutes left in the first half.
Senior Maddie Bressler (Franklin, Mass.) scored the first of her two goals on the day just over 10 minutes later, tipping home a hard blast from sophomore Kendall Clifford (South Easton, Mass.) from well beyond the arc. Bressler's second strike came with just under 5:30 to go in the first half as junior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) knocked a right-to-left cross over to the swinging Bressler.
The Hawks put up two additional goals before halftime, scoring twice within the final 1:22 of regulation time. Sophomore Ericka Meissner (East Falmouth, Mass.) tipped home a shot from freshman Sarah Bagley (North Andover, Mass.) at 1:22 before Potter was rewarded with a Meissner pass on a breakaway with 49 ticks left.
Freshman Andrea McNeil (Canton, Mass.) scored the first goal of her collegiate career only 1:08 into the second half, battling through heavy crease traffic to beat the new Owls goalkeeper. Classmate Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) capped the scoring with her team-leading fourth goal of the season at 42:41, thanks to a strong offensive carry to the goal line by classmate Emilie Martin (Yarmouth, Maine).
The Hawks midfielders limited the Owls to only two shots throughout regulation time. Saint Anselm also enjoyed a 12-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) earned the win for the Hawks in goal, making one save, while senior Sarah Bentley (Acton, Mass.) also made one save in a relief role. The tandem of Kelli McCombs and Brianna Craft allowed seven goals on 22 shots – the latter was handed the losing decision after yielding five goals in the first 35 minutes of play.
The Hawks host St. Thomas Aquinas on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. in a non-conference contest.