MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team blanked its ninth consecutive opponent to start the season, logging a 4-0 victory over visiting American International College on Saturday.
Saint Anselm, the third-ranked program in NCAA Division II according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, moves to 9-0 overall and to 7-0 against Northeast-10 Conference foes. The Hawks have not yielded a goal all season and junior Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) made a key stop on a Yellow Jackets (7-3, 3-3 NE10) penalty stroke to help the Hawks maintain their streak.
Hand finished the day with one save, facing the penalty stroke shortly into the second quarter with her team ahead by a 2-0 score. The Yellow Jackets' Jenny Holmquist lifted the ball up high, but Hand was able to punch the ball away for the big save of the afternoon. A strong Hawks defense took things from there, allowing only one other shot attempt on the day.
Junior Kendall Clifford (South Easton, Mass.) put the Hawks on the board only 3:16 into the contest, putting home a pass from sophomore Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) as part of a multiple-point afternoon. After a goal from senior Mary Nee in the game's seventh minute, Clifford also set up senior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) for the tilt's third goal.
LaCasse added the fourth and final goal of the afternoon in the final quarter of action. She leads Saint Anselm with eight goals and three assists for 19 points (8-3=19) and ranks second in the NE10 in goal scoring.
American International backstop Nikki Bates allowed four goals on nine shots as the Hawks outshot the Yellow Jackets by a 17-to-2 margin. The Hawks were issued both of the game's penalty corners.
Saint Anselm welcomes Lindenwood University to campus on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 12 p.m.