Bressler's tip-in lifts field hockey past Franklin Pierce, 1-0

MANCHESTER, N.H. – An early goal by senior Maddie Bressler (Franklin, Mass.) was the difference maker for the Saint Anselm College field hockey team in Friday's 1-0 victory over Franklin Pierce University.

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The Hawks conclude the regular season with a 13-5 overall record and a 10-3 mark against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Franklin Pierce wraps its season with a 6-12 overall mark and a 3-10 record against league opponents.

Saint Anselm has qualified for the NE10 playoffs for the fourth-consecutive season and will take on an opponent to be determined. Stay tuned to SaintAnselmHawks.com for the latest announcements regarding the Hawks postseason opportunity.

On the team's second penalty corner situation of the contest, senior Mary Nee (Canton, Mass.) ended up with the ball just inside the top of the arc. She ripped a blast toward the Franklin Pierce goalkeeper, Olivia Barnes, that was tipped by Bressler for the game's only goal. For Bressler, she set a career-high with her 14th point of the season (7-0=14).

Both teams were nearly even in shots with the Hawks taking 12 of the game's 22 opportunities. Saint Anselm was awarded 10 penalty corners while Franklin Pierce was issued eight.

Sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) stood tall in net, making four saves in her ninth career shutout. Barnes was saddled with the loss, yielding one goal on nine shots – she made eight saves in the contest.