RINDGE, N.H. – Sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) totaled a game-high eight points to lead the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team to Wednesday evening's 14-6 triumph against Franklin Pierce University at Sodexo Field.
The Hawks win their seventh straight to improve to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in Northeast-10 play, while the Ravens fall to 2-4, 1-3 NE-10. Saint Anselm's sophomore class registered 18 of the team's 20 points, with the other two coming from the freshmen.
After Franklin Pierce drew first blood just 4:04 into the contest, sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) knotted the game at one with a free-position goal at the 18:19 mark. Madeline Shopshire's unassisted tally put the Ravens back in front just 24 seconds later, but the Hawks scored five of the half's final six goals to take command of the game.
Sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) tied the game off a feed from Daly with 11:12 remaining in the opening half and then put the visitors on top for good with a free-position score at 7:04. Daly then buried her first of the game with 5:52 on the clock to give Saint Anselm some insurance.
Nicole Dale stopped the bleeding with 4:13 to play, but Daly wasted just 21 seconds before finding the back of the net to re-establish the Hawks' two-goal lead. Freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) then closed the first-half scoring with 1:04 left to send Saint Anselm into the break with a 6-3 advantage.
Saint Anselm blew it open with seven straight goals to kick off the second half. Sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) started things just 43 seconds into the stanza before Daly joined in the fun just 17 seconds after that, following a pass from Villareal. Stazinski then set up Daly at the 21:41 mark and the Hawks were ahead 9-3.
Pickett beat Franklin Pierce goalkeeper Jacqueline Jolles again off a Doherty assist at 19:08 before Stazinski matched that 16 seconds later. Daly's free-position goal at 12:19 and another tally 3:01 later with a helper from Stazinski pushed the lead to double digits at 13-3.
After goals from Lauren Beville and Shopshire made it an eight-goal game, Daly returned the favor to Stazinski for the Hawks' final goal with 5:26 left. Beville closed the scoring at 4:05.
Freshman goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) improved to 3-1 by stopping eight of 14 shots, while Jolles made 12 saves for the Ravens.
Saint Anselm held a 35-24 advantage in shots, as well as a 12-9 edge in draw controls. The Hawks were 3-for-10 on free-position opportunities, while the Ravens were just 1-for-5.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. when they play host to the 13th-ranked University of New Haven at Grappone Stadium. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.