Women’s Lax Shakes Off Slow Start to Earn 16-10 Win at Saint Michael’s

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) recorded seven points and freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) potted a career-best five goals, as the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team posted a 16-10 victory against Saint Michael's College on Wednesday afternoon at Duffy Field.

The Hawks improve to 9-4 on the season, including 6-3 in Northeast-10 play, while the Purple Knights drop to 5-8, 3-7 NE-10.

After falling behind 2-0 early on, the Hawks finally jumped on the board 9:59 in when Villareal found the back of the net. Saint Michael's answered 11 seconds later to make it 3-1, but Villareal put up another unassisted tally 23 seconds later and scored off a feed from Daly to knot the game at the 15:51 mark.

Two more Saint Michael's goals, including Courtney Piper's second of the day, put the Purple Knights back on top at 5-3. The Hawks would take over from there, however, scoring eight straight that spanned both halves to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) helped ignite the run as, following Daly's first score of the day, she assisted on two straight goals from freshman Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) and then another from Daly to put Saint Anselm on top, 7-5, with just 2:24 remaining in the half. Sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) tacked on a goal with 10 seconds left and the Hawks carried an 8-5 lead into the break.

The visitors were not done there, however, as Villareal opened the second-half scoring just 1:20 in before Daly added a pair, including one off a pass from freshman Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.), that opened the lead to 11-5 with 23:21 left.

Piper would snap the Hawks' scoring stretch, but Doherty answered by setting up Villareal, then scoring a goal of her own and assisting on another Daly tally to widen the gap to 14-6 at the 16:52 mark.

The Purple Knights would score four of the final six goals, but free-position tallies from Stazinski and Daly would be more than enough to hold off the hosts.

Sophomore goalkeeper Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) improved to 5-1 after making 11 saves, while Saint Michael's goalkeeper Casey Curtin stopped eight shots.

Saint Michael's held a narrow 30-28 edge in shots and also won 18 of 28 draw controls. The Hawks were 2-for-4 on their free-position chances, while the Purple Knights were 1-for-3.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. when they play host to Le Moyne College. 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.