EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team completed the weekend series over New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) foe Long Island University on Saturday afternoon at the Northwell Health Ice Center. The Hawks posted their second consecutive 4-2 victory over the Sharks.
With the win, Saint Anselm improves to 12-7-0 with a 10-4-0 mark in alliance play. LIU, competing in its first varsity season, moves to 5-14-0 overall and 5-5-0 against NEWHA opponents.
Freshman Marissa Agerter (Eagan, Minn.) and junior Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) each posted two goals for the Hawks. Agerter put the Hawks on the board only 78 seconds into the game, stealing the puck from LIU at her defensive blueline and converting on a breakaway opportunity for the second goal of her young career.
Leading by a 1-0 margin after the first period, Meehan scored the next two goals to boost the Hawks advantage to a three-goal margin. Meehan is now five goals away from 12th place in the all-time career points list with Kelsey Johnson '09, a member of the Saint Anselm Athletics Class of 2020, ahead of Meehan at 88.
Matilda af Bjur ended the Hawks chance for a shutout at 18:33 of the second period after sneaking the puck past senior goaltender Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.).
The Sharks kept up their momentum in the third period as they cut the game back to a one-goal margin with an Alva Johnsson tally at 9:27. At 14:57, Agerter responded and netted her second goal of the game which secured the NEWHA victory for the Hawks.
Kane posted 31 saves of 33 shots faced, earning her sixth win of the season. On the opposite side of the ice, Kenzie Harmison had 13 saves through the first 37 minutes. Mia McLeod finished the game with eight saves. Despite falling in the contest, the Sharks fired 33 shots compared to the Hawks 25.
Senior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) and senior Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.) have now played in 103 career games and are seven away from the program leader, Jackie Guy '18, with 109. Conger also registered her 40th assist in her illustrious career in Saturday's game.
The Hawks return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 14 for another NEWHA matchup against Saint Michael's on 7 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.