BIDDEFORD, Maine – Alex Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) scored twice in the third period and Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.) picked up her sixth shutout of the season as Saint Anselm College defeated the University of New England, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon in New England Hockey Conference action in Biddeford, Maine.
The Hawks snap a two game skid to improve to 17-4-0 overall and 11-2-0 in the NEHC, while the Nor'Easters fall to 11-7-2 and 6-6-1 in conference games.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the opening period while the Hawks held an 8-5 advantage in shots in the frame. Jackie Guy (St. Louis, Mo.) put Saint Anselm on the board only 3:19 into the second period as she stuff home a rebound off her own shot to give the Hawks a 1-0 advantage.
Meaghan Spurling (Byfield, Mass.) extended the lead to 2-0 off a feed from Starzyk as she buried a shot from the slot only 2:01 into the third period. Starzyk entered the scoring column just over two minutes later as she stuffed home a puck in the crease to put Saint Anselm on top 3-0. Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) picked up assists on Starzyk's first goal of the day.
Starzyk iced the game with goal in the closing minutes as she buried a rebound off the stick of Alison Butler (Danvers, Mass.) to give the game its final score of 4-0.
Saint Anselm held a 40-9 advantage in shots on goal of the game and converted their lone power play chance. Hannah Synnott improved to 15-2-0 with the nine save shutout.
The Hawks return to action next Friday when they host Saint Michael's College at 7:00 p.m. which will serve as Senior Day for Saint Anselm.