COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team could not recover from a slow start in a 13-7 road loss to Saint Michael's College in Northeast-10 Conference action on Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Field.
Saint Anselm (6-8, 4-6 NE10) opened the scoring inside the first four minutes, but Saint Michael's (3-8, 2-8 NE10) scored the next seven goals of the opening half to take a six-goal lead at the break. The Purple Knights then scored four of the first five goals to start the second half to run away with the win.
Meaghan Sheehy netted a hat trick to lead the Saint Anselm attack and the three goals brought Sheehy to 41 for the season. Emma Palumbo, Erica Mattila, Marta Versprille and Breda Holland also scored for the Hawks, while Rachel Henderson had a pair of assists.
Lauren Lockard snared a team-high five draw controls, while Mattila added three draw controls and three ground balls. Liv Connly paced the Hawks with five ground balls and Versprille recorded four. Zoie Cavotta made eight saves but suffered the loss.
Kealy Moyna scored a game-high five goals for Saint Michael's, which got three goals and four assists from Ashley Dineen. Alex Vincent and Paige MacKinnon chipped in with a pair of goals and Ellie Clark tallied a goal and two assists. Grace Gunning made 15 saves in net for the Purple Knights and grabbed six ground balls to pick up the win.
Versprille scored the game's first goal on a free-position shot 3:18 into the first half. However, Saint Michael's responded by shutting Saint Anselm out for the rest of the half and scored the next seven goals, including four from Moyna, to go into the break with a 7-1 lead.
The Purple Knights stretched their lead to 11-2 inside the first seven minutes of the second half before the Hawks closed the game on a 5-2 run. Sheehy and Palumbo scored consecutive goals to bring the Hawks within seven, 11-4, with 12:53 to go but MacKinnon and Dineen erased the two-goal run to push Saint Michael's lead back to nine less than five minutes later. Sheehy, Holland and Mattila accounted for the final three goals of the game for Saint Anselm.
Saint Anselm managed to outshoot Saint Michael's 31-25 in the game, bolstered by a 20-9 advantage in the second half. The Hawks also held advantages in draw controls (12-10) and ground balls (22-21) but were just 3-for-13 on free-position shots.
The Hawks return home to Grappone Stadium for Senior Day on Saturday, April 22 against New Haven. Start time is scheduled for noon and the game will also be Saint Anselm's annual "Teal the Field" game.