MANCHESTER, N.H. – Freshman Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team scored the game-winning goal in double overtime, lifting the Hawks to a 2-1 victory over Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks improve to 8-5 on the season, winning five out of their eight Northeast-10 Conference tilts on the year. Southern New Hampshire remains in search of its first victory over Saint Anselm, falling to 7-6 overall and to 5-3 in the league.
Strong play in the midfield by LaCasse forced a turnover as the ball was brought toward the Southern New Hampshire net in the double-overtime period. Freshman Emilie Martin (Yarmouth, Maine) swiped at the ball near the Penmen netminder, who turned aside the shot attempt. The ball spilled to the goal line where it was poked home by LaCasse for the game-winning strike.
Sophomore Hannah Potter (Harwichport, Mass.) scored the first goal of the game for the Hawks with exactly 24 minutes left in the first half. A shot from the right side was nudged toward goal by junior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.). Potter was able to corral the ball and score on the backhand, creating the early lead for the hosts.
Southern New Hampshire would counter with a game-tying goal off of a corner. A shot by Lindsey Poirier was halted by Hawks netminder Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.), but Maddie Holt tapped the ball back to herself and tucked it in the right side of the cage for the equalizer.
The Penmen finished with statistical edges in shots taken (20-to-17) and in penalty corners (14-to-3), dominating play at times in the Hawks defensive end. Southern New Hampshire had seven corners in the final five minutes of regulation time, but the Hawks were able to generate saves by Hand and a key defensive save by junior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.).
Hand finished with a career-high 12 saves for the Hawks, helping her team to the victory. Melanie Rennie drew the loss for the Penmen, yielding two goals on eight shots against.
Saint Anselm hosts New Haven on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The Hawks will honor their senior student-athletes as part of the team's pre-game Senior Day ceremony.