MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey program picked up a 2-0 victory over Franklin Pierce University in the Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday at Grappone Stadium.
The top-seeded and nationally-ranked Hawks posted their 17th shutout of the 2019 campaign, improving to 17-2 overall. Franklin Pierce, the No. 8 seed in the NE10 postseason, sees its season come to a close with an 8-11 overall record. The Hawks, ranked third in NCAA Division II, did not allow a single shot attempt against for the third time this year, finishing with a 19-0 advantage on Tuesday.
The Hawks will host Assumption in the NE10 Semifinals this Friday, Nov. 8 at a time to be determined. The Greyhounds snuck past higher-seeded Stonehill, 1-0, in a quarterfinals game played early Tuesday afternoon. The other NE10 Semifinals match will feature Southern New Hampshire and Saint Thomas Aquinas - the Spartans stunned second-seeded Adelphi in double overtime and SNHU eased past Bentley in double overtime as well.
Senior Michelle Lemelin (Windham, Maine) put Saint Anselm ahead by a 1-0 score at 23:55. Senior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) pushed a ball up field for Lemelin, who fired a long-distance shot past Franklin Pierce backstop Olivia Barnes for what proved to be the game-winning strike. The senior is now tied for fourth all-time in team history with 24 career goals to her credit.
Freshman Avery Tucker (Westbrook, Maine) logged her first career goal via a penalty stroke in the game's 54th minute, adding insurance down the stretch. After a Franklin Pierce defensive save by the NCAA Division II active leader, Jessica Strassburg, the Ravens were whistled for a net-front infraction to set up Tucker's insurance tally.
After firing only two shots in the first quarter, the Hawks posted seven in the second to carry a 9-0 advantage into halftime. The Hawks were also awarded all eight of the game's penalty corners as a swarming Hawks midfield rarely allowed Franklin Pierce deep into its offensive zone.
Barnes finished with eight saves, yielding two goals. Junior Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) earned the shutout, not facing any shots in 60 minutes of action.