NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team handed nationally-ranked Merrimack only its third loss of the 2018 season on Tuesday, downing the Warriors by a 4-2 margin at Duane Stadium.
Saint Anselm improves to 12-5 on the year and to 9-3 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Merrimack, who had not lost by greater than one goal in 2018, drops to 14-3 and to 10-2 against league foes this year. The Warriors entered play ranked fourth nationally according to the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association.
Merrimack captured a 1-0 lead at halftime as Colleen Ellis was fed the ball from Miranda Judd with just under 10 minutes to go in the opening 35 minutes. The one-goal lead was in favor of the hosts, despite the Hawks holding a six-to-three shots advantage and Merrimack netminder Katharina Ohmen making four saves in the opening half alone.
The Hawks rattled off four-straight goals in the second half, stunning the nationally-ranked Warriors. Senior Abby Walker (Scarborough, Maine) put home two goals while classmate Maddie Bressler (Franklin, Mass.) and freshman Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) each added goals of their own. Junior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.) assisted on the tallies by Bressler and LaCasse.
Saint Anselm finished with the 15-9 edge in shots taken and was awarded only two of the game's 10 penalty corners.
Sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) picked up the win in goal for the Hawks, making three saves and allowing only the first-half goal to Ellis and a late tally to Merrimack's Mary McNeil. Ohmen yielded four goals on 12 shots, drawing only her third loss of 2018.
Saint Anselm, winners of six-straight games to date, hosts Franklin Pierce on Friday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. to conclude the regular season.