PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team was downed by nationally-ranked Pace University on Saturday, falling by a narrow 2-1 margin at Finnerty Field.
The Hawks see a four-game winning streak come to an end, falling to 6-4 overall and to 3-2 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Pace, ranked eighth in the most recent NFHCA Division II Coaches' Poll, moves to 10-1 overall while remaining undefeated in NE10 play with a 6-0 record.
After a relatively uneventful first half of play, the Setters grabbed the game's first goal only 9:03 into the second half as Lieke van Nieuwenhuizen put home a pass from Halley Rose. Almost immediately after a Hawks timeout just after the goal, junior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) scored off of a pass from junior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.), tying the game at one just over three minutes after the Setters first goal.
Pace captured the lead for good as Sarah Bard put one past the Hawks on a penalty corner with 9:38 to go in the second half. The Hawks had two of the game's final three shots down the stretch, including a Lord shot that was taken off the goal line by Pace's Paige Predmore for the defensive save.
Hawks netminder Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) yielded two goals on four shots while Grace Henderson allowed one goal on two shots, earning the win for Pace.
Pace held the edge in shots taken, 8-to-5, but the Hawks were awarded five of the game's nine penalty corners.
Saint Anselm welcomes Stonehill to the Hilltop this Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.