DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team opened its season on Saturday, losing in overtime to No. 11 Mercy (N.Y.) College by a 13-12 score.
Saint Anselm drops to 0-1 on the season while Mercy, nationally-ranked by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association, moves to 2-0 in the young campaign. The Hawks will fly south for a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt at Florida Tech on Saturday, Mar. 3.
Junior Molly Beck led Saint Anselm with two goals and three assists with senior Erica Mattila just behind her with two goals and an assist. Sophomore Breda Holland ripped four goals in the victory and was joined on the scoresheet by senior Meaghan Sheehy's two goals. Seniors Marta Versprille and Madison Shea each registered a goal and an assist.
Mercy held a 12-11 lead with 1:05 left in regulation time and called a time-out to draw up a plan. Shortly thereafter, the Mavericks attempted to drain the clock but headed right for the end line where Mattila checked the ball out of Sarah Quarto's stick, awarding the Hawks the ball.
The Hawks sprinted up the field and the ball found its way to the stick of Beck, who fired her second goal of the year past the Mercy netminder to tie the game with 29 seconds left.
From there, the Mavericks took control and fired the final four shots of the game, including the game-winning goal by Hunter Isnardi with 1:25 left in the overtime period. Mercy won six of the last seven draw controls in the contest, holding on for the one-goal victory despite a valiant game-tying effort by the Hawks.
The Mavericks built a game-high 7-3 lead shortly into the second half before three consecutive goals by Versprille, Mattila and Holland cut into the deficit. Mercy rebuilt a four-goal advantage but four-straight Saint Anselm goals dramatically tied the score at 11 – during that stretch, the Hawks saw two tallies from Holland and individual markers by Mattila and Beck.
Briana Corace scored a man-up goal with 3:53 left in regulation time, setting up the game-tying heroics by Beck in the final minute.
Senior Zoie Cavotta drew the loss in goal for Saint Anselm yielding 13 goals on 22 shots. Mercy's Emma Jacobsen improved to 2-0 by making 11 saves on 23 shots by the Hawks.
Mercy punished the Hawks at the top of the fan, making four of its eight free-position shots while Saint Anselm converted only one of its six attempts. Mercy also won 16 of the game's 26 draw controls. Isnardi led Mercy with seven goals on 11 shots.