Walker's hat trick paces field hockey in win over St. Thomas Aquinas

Walker's hat trick paces field hockey in win over St. Thomas Aquinas

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Abby Walker (Scarborough, Maine) of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team scored a career-high three goals in Sunday's 6-1 win over Saint Thomas Aquinas College at Grappone Stadium.

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Saint Anselm has won four-straight games to improve to 6-3 overall on the season. Saint Thomas Aquinas falls to 3-10 after the non-conference match. The Hawks travel to nationally-ranked Pace this Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.

Walker recorded the seventh hat trick in program history, scoring three goals in the winning effort. Junior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.), sophomore Hannah Potter (Harwichport, Mass.) and senior Maddie Bressler (Franklin, Mass.) rounded out the goal scoring for the Hawks, who outshot the Spartans by a 25-3 margin and had 20 of the game's 21 penalty corners awarded in their favor.

Seventh-year Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille picked up the 75th coaching win of her career with the result, defeating Saint Thomas Aquinas for the fourth-straight season. Her overall record stands at 75-47 (.615) and her teams are a dominant 33-5 at Grappone Stadium since the start of the 2015 season, losing only one regular season home game during the last four seasons.

Only 15:45 into regulation, Walker swiped home a bouncing pass from Lord for the game's first goal. After Lotte Strijbos tied the game for Saint Thomas Aquinas just under seven minutes later, Lord notched her first goal of the season off of a Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) corner that was sent out to junior Mary Nee (Canton, Mass.).

Walker scored again only 2:45 before halftime, poking home a saved shot attempt by junior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.). Potter added her second goal of the season with time expired in the first half as her tipped shot off of a Lord right-to-left cross caromed in off of a Spartans defender, creating a 4-1 lead at the break.

Walker notched her third goal of the game only 5:12 into the second half, carrying the ball up the left side and taking it parallel to the goal line. A shot from close range was nearly kicked away by the Spartans goaltender but the ball found its way into the back of the net.

Bressler's fourth tally of the season rounded out the day's scoring as she reeled in a Friend breakaway pass and deked the final defender, beating the Spartans backstop for her team's sixth strike of the day.

Sophomore Molly Dingley (Manchester Center, Vt.) picked up her first collegiate victory in goal for Saint Anselm, making one save on two shots. The tandem of Suzanne Clarke and Jessie Hohenstein combined to allow six goals on 14 shots on target for Saint Thomas Aquinas.