SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore Hannah Potter (Harwichport, Mass.) scored her first collegiate hat trick for the Saint Anselm College field hockey team in Saturday's 5-0 victory over American International College.
The Hawks improve to 7-5 overall and to 4-3 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. American International has lost 11 of its 12 games in 2018, falling to 1-6 against league foes. Saint Anselm welcomes Southern New Hampshire to the Hilltop this Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
Potter becomes the fifth student-athlete in team history to record three goals in one game and the first since senior Abby Walker (Scarborough, Maine) did so earlier this season.
Junior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 19:55 elapsed in the game. Junior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) scored the Hawks second goal with exactly eight minutes left in the first half and Potter added her first goal of the game with 3:57 to go in the opening stanza. Walker picked up her team's lone assist in the game on Friend's marker.
Potter struck twice in the second half, scoring unassisted goals at 41:28 and 63:23 as part of an overwhelming offensive performance. In total, the Hawks fired 21 of the second half's 27 shots despite holding a narrow 9-to-4 advantage in shots taken through the first 35 minutes.
Hawks netminder Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) made two stops, earning the shutout. Jessica Stone made 15 saves in the losing effort for the Yellow Jackets while two defensive saves were logged by the American International backline.