MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team has earned a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship Semifinals and will host the eighth-seeded Greyhounds from Assumption College on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. under the lights at Grappone Stadium.
Saint Anselm (14-5, 10-3 NE10), ranked 10th in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, earned the fourth seed in the eight-team tournament and downed the Penmen from Southern New Hampshire University by a 4-2 margin on Tuesday in the NE10 Quarterfinals. Assumption (12-7, 7-6 NE10), the eighth seed, stunned the top-seeded Setters from Pace University by a 1-0 margin to earn a spot in Friday's contest.
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 Friday's game between the Hawks and Greyhounds will take on the winner of the other semifinal match-up involving second-seeded Merrimack and sixth-seeded Stonehill in the NE10 Championship, slated for Sunday, Nov. 18 at the site of the highest-seeded team remaining in the tournament.
SCOUTING SAINT ANSELM
- Saint Anselm has recorded a combined overall record of 62-17 since the start of the 2015 season. The team has won 38 of a possible 43 games at home with only two of those losses coming during the regular season.
- The Hawks are ranked fourth in the most recent NCAA Division II Field Hockey Rankings with a 13-3 in-region record. The final set of rankings will be released on Monday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m.
- 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 1.13 goals per game on average, the sixth-best figure in the nation. Sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) is eighth nationally with a 1.23 goals-against average and ranks in the top-10 in the NE10 with a .747 save percentage. She crossed the 100-save threshold last time out against SNHU to own the eighth-most saves in one season in team history.
- Offensively, Saint Anselm is generating 7.95 points per game, the third-best single season in team history. The Hawks are averaging 3.00 goals per game to date, the second-best figure since the team's inception in 2001.
- Senior Abby Walker (Scarborough, Maine), an All-Conference selection by the NE10 as a senior, 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 a career-high nine assists in 2018. She ranks third all-time in Hawks team history with 68 points, having scored 25 goals (third-most all-time) and 18 assists (tied for second all-time) (25-18=68).
- Freshman Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.), a 2018 All-Rookie squad selection, 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, holds the all-time program record with 80th career appearances.
- The Hawks are ninth in NCAA Division II in goals per game (3.00), 10th in scoring average (2.92) and eighth in winning percentage (.737).
- Junior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.), an All-Conference pick for the first time in 2018, is 10th in NCAA Division II with four defensive saves to her credit.
- Assumption has raced out to a 12-7 record, posting seven wins out of 13 games against league opponents. The Greyhounds have sponsored field hockey at the varsity level since 1973
- Head Coach Annie Lahey is in her eighth season at the helm of the Greyhounds program and owns a 76-72 overall record. Since the 2014-15 campaign, Lahey's Greyhounds have recorded double-digit win totals in each season.
- The Greyhounds enter play fresh off a 1-0 victory over top-seeded (and No. 2 in NCAA Division II) Pace – both of the Setters losses this season have come at the hands of Assumption.
- The Greyhounds own the nation's fourth-best save percentage (.809), ranking second in the NE10. The squad is issued an average of 9.53 penalty corners per game, ranking second in the conference and fifth nationally.
- The team yields only 1.19 goals-against per game, the eighth-best total in NCAA Division II as starting netminder Sarah Bodzinski has posted a matching figure in goal. Her .800 save percentage is sixth nationally and she makes an average of 4.89 saves per game, the 10th most in the NE10.
- Senior Kolby Burger, a First Team All-Conference pick in 2018, has registered five defensive saves, ranking fifth nationally. She has earned NE10 Defensive Player of the Week and NFHCA National Defensive Player of the Week this past season.
- Sophomore Deirdre Burchill, an All-Conference pick, leads Assumption in point scoring with 29, tallying 11 goals and seven assists (11-7=29). She has helped her team to back-to-back NE10 Semifinals appearances.
ALL-TIME, NE10 TOURNAMENT
- The Hawks are making their fifth-ever appearance in the NE10 postseason. To date, Saint Anselm is 3-4 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.
- Assumption has an 11-9 overall record in the NE10 postseason and has finished as the league's runner-up on six occasions, most recently in 2017. The Greyhounds have qualified for the postseason in each season since 2014.
ALL-TIME vs. ASSUMPTION
- The Hawks and Hounds have played to a 14-14 overall record in the all-time series that dates back to 2007.
- Saint Anselm has won six out of the last seven meetings between both programs since the start of the 2015 season – Friday's tilt is the first in team history to be played against Assumption in the postseason.
- Assumption won the first seven games over Saint Anselm, who debuted its varsity field hockey program in 2001. Since a 2-1 victory by Saint Anselm on Sept. 26, 2006, the Hawks have held the 14-7 edge in the all-time series.