Big First Half Catapults Women's Lacrosse Over So. New Hampshire, 20-12

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomores Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) and Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) registered seven and six points, respectively, to lead the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team to a 20-12 victory against crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday evening at Grappone Stadium.

The Hawks win for the eighth time in their last nine games to improve to 8-2 on the season, including 5-1 in Northeast-10 play. The Penmen drop to 5-7, 4-4 NE-10.

Goals from freshmen Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) and Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) in the first minute of play staked the Hawks to an early 2-0 lead. Back-to-back goals from Daly, including one that was assisted by Kudlate, followed by consecutive tallies from Stazinski – the first one a free-position goal and the second set up by senior Carrie Brophy (Mansfield, Mass.) – opened the lead up to 6-0 just 5:08 in.

SNHU scored two straight, including one from Ellie Morin at 20:53 that cut it to 6-2, but Daly scored off a free position and then handed out a helper on a Brophy goal before sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) found the back of the net 19 seconds later to make it 9-2 with 17:04 remaining.

After Phoebe Clark beat freshman goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) to make it a six-goal game, Kudlate fed Daly for her fourth of the opening half and Brophy sent a pass to freshman Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.), who beat SNHU goalkeeper Maria Ploof to widen the gap to 11-3 with 13:21 left.

Morin and Clark struck again, but Stazinski would answer both times to keep it an eight-goal game. Marshall found the back of the net for a second time at 1:14 before Stazinski tallied an unassisted score as time expired to send Saint Anselm into the break with a commanding 15-5 advantage.

After Morin opened up the second-half scoring 5:16 in, Doherty set up Daly and sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) before freshman Maria McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) converted a free position to make it 18-6 with 16:53 remaining.

The Penmen responded by scoring six of the game's final eight goals – with the two Hawk goals coming via Daly scoring off a Doherty feed at 10:04 and Villareal closing the scoring after a Stazinski feed with 32 ticks left.

Bunn did not make a save playing the first 24:55, while sophomore Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) stopped three shots. Ploof recorded seven saves for the Penmen.

Saint Anselm outshot SNHU, 35-19, including 24-6 in the opening half, and also held a 26-7 edge in draw controls, including 18-2 in the first period. The Hawks were 4-for-7 on free-position chances, while the Penmen went 1-for-3.

The Hawks held their second annual "Teal the Field" initiative to raise support and awareness for ovarian cancer. The game was played in honor of sophomore Molly McGaffigan (Groton, Mass.), who had a foot-long, 10-pound tumor removed four years ago.

The Hawks return to action Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. as they take on Bentley University. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. when they play host to Le Moyne College at Grappone. 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.