Women’s Lacrosse Drops 16-15 Heartbreaker to Stonehill

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) registered a team-high five points, but the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team fell dropped a wild 16-15 affair with Stonehill College in its season finale Tuesday evening at Grappone Stadium on Senior Night.

The Hawks fall to 9-6 on the season, including 6-5 in Northeast-10 play, while the Skyhawks improve to 12-5, 10-2 NE-10. Saint Anselm has dropped five of its last seven, with all five losses coming against nationally-ranked teams by a total of nine goals.

Freshman Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) started the scoring with an unassisted tally that put the Hawks up, 1-0, just 53 seconds into the contest. After Stonehill's Kelsey Reilly tied it off an assist from Kayla Green at the 24:30 mark, Daly put Saint Anselm back in front 59 seconds later with an assist from classmate Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.).

Heather Sullivan knotted the game again 11 seconds later, but sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) made good on a free-position opportunity to put the hosts back on top at 3-2 with 22:17 remaining in the opening half.

Stonehill would respond, however, by scoring four straight – including the final two from Sullivan – to open up a 6-3 advantage with 13:50 on the clock. Saint Anselm would match that stretch, with sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) having a hand in the first three goals.

Pickett found the back of the net at 12:58 and then set up Daly 1:13 later before following that up with another goal off a Doherty pass 15 seconds later to tie the game at six. Freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) gave the Hawks the lead as she beat Stonehill goalkeeper Ashley Armstrong off a feed from Daly at the 10:56 mark.   Stonehill netted the final two goals of the half, however, and took an 8-7 lead into the break.

The Skyhawks grabbed the first goal of the second half to take a two-goal lead 2:22 in, but Daly tallied an unassisted strike 43 seconds later to cut it to one. Villareal then tied the game on an assist from senior Carrie Brophy (Mansfield, Mass.) at the 24:24 mark before Stazinski beat Armstrong 20 seconds later to give the Hawks a 10-9 lead.

Green stopped the bleeding, but a free-position goal from Pickett and another Villareal score pushed the lead to 12-10 with 20:28 remaining. Kelsey Shannahan potted her second of the half 20 seconds later before Kudlate set up Daly and Doherty added a goal to give Saint Anselm its largest lead of the night at 14-11 with 16:05 on the clock.

Two straight unassisted tallies by Green cut the Stonehill deficit to one, but Brophy rifled one past Armstrong at the 10:40 mark to give the Hawks a two-goal cushion at 15-13. Reilly converted a free-position goal 2:06 later before Mary Lee Mahony knotted things at 15 with 6:04 to play. Sullivan then scored off a feed from Reilly with 3:29 to go to give Stonehill the lead.

Saint Anselm would have a final shot to tie it, but Stazinski's shot from straight on was denied by Armstrong with seconds on the clock.

Sophomore Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) made eight saves playing the final 42:58 in net, while freshman Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) made two stops in the first 17:02 of action. Armstrong stopped four shots for Stonehill in 55:57 of action, while Caitlyn Tavreira did not make a save on the two shots she faced in 4:03.

Stonehill held a 28-23 advantage in shots, as well as an 18-15 edge in draw controls. The Hawks were 2-for-4 on free-position chances, while the Skyhawks were a perfect 2-for-2.

Seniors Brophy, Kayleigh Hunt (Sudbury, Mass.), Bryanna Hayes (Mansfield, Mass.) and Meghan Schilling (Middletown, R.I.) were honored in a ceremony prior to the game.

The Hawks wrap up their season Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. when they take on Southern Connecticut State University. 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.