Lord, Hand receive NE10 Student-Athlete of the Week recognition

Lord, Hand receive NE10 Student-Athlete of the Week recognition

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Two student-athletes on the Saint Anselm College field hockey team earned Northeast-10 Conference weekly honors on Tuesday.

LINK: NE10 Field Hockey Report - Week 11

Junior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.) secured the league's Defensive Player of the Week award while sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) secured Goalkeeper of the Week merits. It is the second award of Hand's career while Lord received her first-ever weekly award selection with Tuesday's announcement.

Lord added two assists for Saint Anselm this past week, helping the Hawks to a 2-0 week. She posted two assists against nationally-ranked Merrimack in her team's 4-2 victory and assisted the squad to a shutout over Franklin Pierce in the regular-season finale. In total, the defensive unit limited the Ravens to only four shots on net across 10 total shot attempts.

Through 18 games in 2018, Lord has registered a career-high seven points via one goal and five assists. She has also notched four defensive saves to date, ranking 10th in NCAA Division II in that statistic. Entering Friday's NE10 Semifinals game against Assumption, Lord has played in 35 career contests, earning 18 starts, all of which have come this year.

Hand picked up two victories in goal for the Hawks, the first of which came against the Warriors where she posted three saves. She would later add four saves against Franklin Pierce, earning her ninth career shutout across 34 games in goal for Saint Anselm.

For her career, Hand currently ranks first among all Saint Anselm backstops with a team-record 1.15 goals-against average. She has seen action in 17 games exiting Tuesday's postseason tilt against Southern New Hampshire and needs only one additional game played to set a career-high mark.

Saint Anselm, who became nationally-ranked shortly before Tuesday's NE10 announcement, will host Assumption this Friday, Nov. 16 in the NE10 Semifinals at Grappone Stadium. More information about the contest will be made available in the coming days.