PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team, making its third-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship, fell to the host Setters from Pace University by a 6-1 margin in a First Round match-up on Sunday.
Saint Anselm, the sixth-ranked program in NCAA Division II, according to the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, sees its season come to an end with a 15-7 overall record. The fifth-ranked Setters move to 18-2 overall and will take on No. 2 East Stroudsburg in the NCAA Semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.
The Hawks trailed by a 2-0 margin through the opening half despite holding statistical advantages in shots taken (6-to-4) and penalty corners (3-to-1), but the Setters stunned the Hawks with four goals in the second half en route to the convincing victory. Pace scored on each of its four penalty corner opportunities.
Sophomore Ericka Meissner (East Falmouth, Mass.) got the Hawks on the board with a tremendous individual effort just over seven minutes into the second stanza. Carrying the ball along the right sideline, Meissner headed directly to the right post where her shot directly on net just got by Pace backstop Grace Henderson near the right post.
Halley Rose scored the first two goals of the game for Pace and her team never looked back, potting two goals within the first 5:23 of the second half and adding two late insurance goals in the game's final 30 minutes of action.
The Hawks finished the day with 13 of the game's 22 shots and were awarded eight out of 12 penalty corners, but Pace converted on its opportunities in front of the Hawks cage. Four of the Setters six goals came directly off of penalty corner opportunities.
Lieke van Nieuwenhuizen finished with two goals for Pace with Jenna Sanossian putting home a goal as well. Katrina Mikitish added a goal and an assist with helpers coming off the sticks of Mia Radici, Mia Lennon and Sarah Bard.
Sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) drew the loss for the Hawks, yielding six goals and making two saves. Henderson halted two shots on three total attempts, earning the victory.