MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team was upended by fifth-ranked Stonehill College in double overtime on Wednesday at Grappone Stadium by a 2-1 margin.
Saint Anselm falls to 6-5 overall on the season and to 3-3 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Skyhawks, ranked fifth in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, move to 8-3 on the year and to 4-2 against league foes.
Kacie Smith, the reigning NCAA Division II Player of the Year, scored both of Stonehill's goals, including the game-winning strike with only 1:13 left in the second overtime period. Her tally in the final 10 minutes of regulation time knotted the game at one. She exited play with a league-leading 17 goals, three more than the second-place scorer.
In overtime, Smith's goal came just seconds after the Hawks narrowly potted the game-winner. A long stretch pass from the Stonehill backfield following the wide Saint Anselm shot caught the stick of Smith in stride. Battling the Hawks defender one-on-one, a nifty backhand shot was elevated from about 10 yards away to send the Skyhawks home with the victory.
On a penalty corner, an initial shot attempt by Smith bounced around in front of the Hawks goal. Saint Anselm attempted to clear the ball but it found the stick of Smith, who lifted the shot over Hawks netminder Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) for the equalizer.
Freshman Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) put Saint Anselm up by a 1-0 margin with 9:17 to go in regulation time. Sprinting up the field, LaCasse was able to elude the last defender back and score prior to falling over Stonehill netminder Sara Freedman. LaCasse leads the Hawks with five goals to date in 2018.
Both teams finished the game with 15 shots, but Stonehill racked up seven penalty corners in the second half alone to own the edge, 8-7, in the game.
Hand drew the loss for the Hawks, making six saves on eight shots. Freedman picked up the victory in goal for Stonehill, halting six-of-seven shots that she faced. Junior back Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.) had two defensive saves in the contest, including one shortly before LaCasse's goal.
The Hawks head to American International College this Saturday, Oct. 20 for a 4 p.m. showdown with the Yellow Jackets.