RINDGE, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team cruised to a 3-0 victory over the host Ravens from Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday afternoon.
Saint Anselm, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II, improves to 15-2 overall on the season, winning each of its 15 contests via shutout. The Hawks also see their Northeast-10 Conference record improve to 12-1, setting the program record for league victories with Tuesday's result.
The Hawks have locked up a share of the NE10 Regular Season title - as of Wednesday, Saint Anselm is the only program with only one loss in league play. The Hawks would own a regular season title outright with a victory on Saturday against Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Senior Mary Nee (Canton, Mass.) scored two of her team's three goals, setting a single-game personal record in the process. Nee scored in the game's 12th minute and added her second goal of the contest in the game's final 13 minutes. Classmate Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.) picked up a helper on Nee's second strike of the game.
Sophomore Andrea McNeil (Canton, Mass.) notched her team's second goal of the afternoon, upping the Hawks lead to 2-0 with a second quarter unassisted goal.
In total, the Hawks strong defense and midfield play limited the hosts to only one shot in the entire contest. Saint Anselm overwhelmed Franklin Pierce with 27 shots in the contest and owned 18 of the game's 21 penalty corners.
Hawks goaltender Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) was credited with her 17th career shutout in the victory, not needing to make a save. Franklin Pierce's Olivia Barnes made 10 saves on 13 shots in the defeat. Allison Collins and Julianne Sacco notched defensive saves for the Ravens.
Saint Anselm will celebrate its senior class of student-athletes this Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. against Saint Thomas Aquinas at home.