Field hockey to battle Merrimack in Sunday's NE10 Championship

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team will make its second appearance in the Northeast-10 Conference title game on Sunday, Nov. 18, taking on the Warriors from Merrimack College at 1 p.m. in North Andover, Mass.

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The Hawks, seeded fourth in the NE10 postseason and ranked 10th in NCAA Division II, have won nine-straight games entering Sunday's league championship. Merrimack, the second-seeded team in the tournament, is ranked fifth nationally and joins Saint Anselm as being in search of their first NE10 Championship.

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. Credit and debit cards will not be accepted at Merrimack's Duane Stadium.

Free video and live stats of Sunday's contest is available through the Northeast-10 Conference and Pack Network.

SCOUTING SAINT ANSELM

  • The Hawks handed Southern New Hampshire a 4-2 loss in the NE10 Quarterfinals before Saint Anselm earned a narrow 3-2 victory over Assumption on Friday in the NE10 Semifinals.
  • Saint Anselm has recorded a combined overall record of 63-17 since the start of the 2015 season. The team has won 39 of a possible 44 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 1.17 goals per game on average, the seventh-best figure in the nation. Sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) is eighth nationally with a 1.28 goals-against average and ranks in the top-10 in the NE10 with a .729 save percentage. She crossed the 100-save threshold against Southern New Hampshire in the NE10 Quarterfinals to boast the eighth-most saves in one season in team history.
  • Offensively, Saint Anselm is generating 8.00 points per game, the second-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 third on the Hawks in goal scoring (8) and fourth in total points (8-2=18) while sophomore Hannah Potter (Harwichport, Mass.) has had a strong season coming off the bench for Saint Anselm, scoring nine goals and an assist for 19 points (9-1=19) for 19 points in 20 total appearances with one start.
  • Senior Maddie Bressler (Franklin, Mass.) has two game-winning goals while junior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) has three game-winning strikes to her credit.
  • Senior Brooke Haskell (Winslow, Maine), a key cog on defense for the Hawks, holds the all-time program record with 81 career appearances.
  • The Hawks are ninth in NCAA Division II in goals per game (3.00), ninth in scoring average (2.93) and eighth in winning percentage (.750).
  • 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.

SCOUTING MERRIMACK

  • The Warriors, who have won 17 of their 20 games played in 2018, downed seventh-seeded Bentley by a 3-1 margin in the NE10 Quarterfinals before toppling Stonehill by a 2-1 margin in the league semifinals.
  • Second year Head Coach Megan Shea has posted a 28-10 record since taking over the helm of the program in 2017.
  • Senior Mary McNeil has topped many of Merrimack's offensive leaderboards in 2018, leading the way with 16 goals, 14 assists and 46 points (16-14=46). She also ranks within the top-10 nationally in assists per game (.74) and points per game (2.42).
  • Netminder Katharina Ohmen was the league's Goalkeeper of the Year and currently ranks third in the nation with an .806 save percentage. Her 1.32 goals-against average is 10th nationally while ranking fourth in the NE10.
  • Senior Delaney Yule was named the NE10 Defensive Player of the Year, scoring six goals and adding three goals for 15 points (6-3=15).
  • Merrimack leads the nation in penalty corners per game, averaging 12.65 per contest. The team also ranks second in save percentage (.824), third in winning percentage (.850), fourth in scoring margin (2.18), fifth in goals per game (3.40), fifth in scoring average (3.37) and seventh in points per game (8.65).
  • Eight student-athletes earned NE10 All-Conference honors for the Warriors, the most of any league institution.

ALL-TIME, NE10 TOURNAMENT

  • The Hawks are making their fifth-ever appearance in the NE10 postseason. To date, Saint Anselm is 4-4 all-time 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 in the NE10 Championship.
  • The Warriors have won the regular-season championships in the conference in 2011 and 2012 while Saint Anselm has topped the regular-season standings in 2016 and 2017.
  • Merrimack and Saint Anselm are in search of their first-ever NE10 Championships.

ALL-TIME vs. MERRIMACK

  • Merrimack leads the all-time series, 18-10, but Saint Anselm picked up a 4-2 regular-season victory over the Warriors – the four goals that Warriors yielded stand as a season-high against any opponent.
  • The Hawks blanked Merrimack in the 2016 NE10 Semifinals, 1-0, for the program's second-ever postseason victory.