MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team has qualified for the Northeast-10 Conference Championship for the fourth time in as many years. The Hawks will host cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University at Grappone Stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m.
Saint Anselm earned the fourth seed in the eight-team tournament while the Penmen come to the Hilltop as the fifth-seeded team in the field. The Hawks enter Tuesday's NE10 Quarterfinals tilt having won seven-straight games, boasting a 13-5 overall record (10-3 NE10) and a dominant 8-1 mark at home. Southern New Hampshire has forged a 10-8 overall mark alongside an 8-5 mark versus league foes.
Per NE10 regulations, admission will be charged for all postseason games. Tickets for adults will cost $6.00 with children and senior citizens (65+) priced at $4.00. Students will be charged $1.00 with the presentation of valid identification from an NE10-member institution. Saint Anselm students will be admitted to the contest free of charge, compliments of Saint Anselm Athletics.
The winner of Tuesday's game will take on the winner between eighth-seeded Assumption (11-7, 7-6 NE10) and top-seeded Pace (17-1, 13-0 NE10) on Friday, Nov. 16. Should Assumption defeat the top-seeded Setters, the winner between Southern New Hampshire and Saint Anselm would host a semifinal-round game by virtue of earning the higher seed.
The conference championship will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the site of the highest remaining seed.
SCOUTING SAINT ANSELM
- Saint Anselm has recorded a combined overall record of 61-17 since the start of the 2015 season. The team has won 37 of a possible 42 games at home with only two of those losses coming during the regular season.
- Since the start of the 2016 season, the Hawks have only lost to unranked opponents on five total occasions. One of those losses was this season against LIU Post on Sept. 23 – the Pioneers, a regional power, have since entered the national polls, checking in seventh as of the week nine Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II National Coaches' Poll.
- Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille, in her seventh season at the helm of the program, is the league's reigning Coach of the Year and was the recipient of the prestigious National Coach Award, presented by USA Field Hockey, on Mar. 17, 2018.
- Saint Anselm has yielded only 1.08 goals per game on average, the sixth-best figure in the nation. Sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) is seventh nationally with a 1.19 goals-against average and ranks in the top-10 in the NE10 with a .732 save percentage. She is only five saves shy of reaching 100 across her two-year career, the eighth-most ever posted by one Hawks student-athlete in a career.
- Offensively, Saint Anselm is generating 7.78 points per game, the third-best single season in team history. The Hawks are averaging 2.94 goals per game to date, the second-best figure since the team's inception in 2001.
- Senior Abby Walker (Scarborough, Maine) is pacing the Saint Anselm offense with a career-high 11 goals and three assists for 25 points (11-3=25), the seventh-best offensive season in team history. Five of her 11 goals have been of the game-winning variety, tying a team record, and her 11 tallies are the third-most in a single season in program history. Her 42 career points (18-6=42) is the ninth-most all-time.
- Junior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) has tallied seven assists in 2018, matching her 2017 total to rank sixth in single-season history. She ranks fourth all-time in Hawks team history with 62 points, having scored 23 goals (fifth-most all-time) and 16 assists (tied for fifth all-time) (23-16=62).
- Freshman Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) ranks second on the Hawks in goal scoring (8) and total points (8-1=17) while sophomore Hannah Potter (Harwichport, Mass.) has had a strong season coming off the bench for Saint Anselm, scoring seven goals and two assists for 16 points (7-2=16) in 18 total appearances with one start.
- Senior Maddie Bressler (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) each have two game-winning goals and are two of six total student-athletes to have scored double-digit points.
- Senior Brooke Haskell (Winslow, Maine), a key cog on defense for the Hawks, set a team record in her last game with her 79th career appearance.
- The Hawks are 10th in NCAA Division II in goals per game (2.94), scoring average (2.86) and winning percentage (.722).
- Junior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.) is 10th in NCAA Division II with four defensive saves to her credit.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
- Fifth-year Head Coach Julie Munson has overseen the rebirth of field hockey at Southern New Hampshire since its first modern-day season of field hockey in 2014. The Penmen previously competed on the intercollegiate level from 1977 to 1981.
- The Penmen are making their first-ever appearance in the NE10 Conference Championship in 2018.
- After one and two-win seasons in 2014 and 2015, the Penmen have won at least eight games in the previous three campaigns and currently sport a 10-8 overall record and an 8-5 record against league opponents to date.
- The Penmen have recorded six shutouts on the year, including three in a row near the end of the season (Oct. 31-Nov. 6).
- Redshirt junior Cassidy Huckins leads the Penmen with 12 goals and four assists for 28 total points (12-4=28). Senior Maddie Holt and junior Laura van der Doorn each have three game-winning tallies to their credit – Holt ranks second on the team with nine goals.
- Southern New Hampshire has totaled 334 shots taken in 2018, ranking fourth in the 14-team conference and ahead of fifth-place Saint Anselm (295).
- Katelin Oberlander ranks 14th in NCAA Division II with three defensive saves while Penmen netminder Melanie Rennie is also 14th in goals-against average (1.41). Rennie's .762 save percentage is ranked 17th in the division.
ALL-TIME, NE10 TOURNAMENT
- The Hawks are making their fifth-ever appearance in the NE10 postseason. To date, Saint Anselm is 2-4 in the conference championship. The Hawks have entered the postseason as the Regular Season Champions in 2016 and 2017 – the last regular season champion to win the conference championship was LIU Post in 2013.
- Saint Anselm finished as the runner-up in 2016, falling to LIU Post by a 2-1 margin in overtime.
ALL-TIME vs. SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
- The Hawks hold a commanding lead in the all-time series against Southern New Hampshire, having won all eight meetings between both programs.
- This season, Saint Anselm has picked up two victories over the Penmen, cruising past Southern New Hampshire by a 4-1 score on Sept. 12 before nudging the Penmen in double-overtime on Oct. 23 in the conference fixture.
- With an 8-0 record against the Penmen all-time, it is the Hawks' best record against any opponent since the team's inception in 2001.