SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team won its fifth-straight game and moved to 3-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference with a 20-10 road victory at American International College on Friday at Abdow Field.
The five wins in a row mark the longest winning streak for Saint Anselm (5-2, 3-0 NE10) since the Hawks started 8-0 in 2014. The Hawks are 3-0 in the NE10 for the first time since that same season after the win over American International (3-5, 0-4 NE10).
Seniors Emma Palumbo and Marta Versprille each established new career highs with six points, while classmate Meaghan Sheehy set a program record with seven assists, in addition to scoring once. Palumbo tallied a career-high six goals, Versprille had five goals and one assist and Sheehy surpassed the previous record of six assists she tied six days ago as part of a record-setting 11-point performance against Southern Connecticut State.
With her eight points, Sheehy moved into the top-10 all-time at Saint Anselm in career points and now sits ninth with 121. The senior's seven assists also propelled her into the top-10 in that category, as she is tied for seventh with Sarah Doherty '15 on 43 for her career.
After the Yellow Jackets scored the game's first two goals, Saint Anselm strung together seven-straight goals to take a five-goal lead. Versprille accounted for three goals during the onslaught that saw the Hawks score seven times in less than eight minutes. All six of Versprille's points came before the break, helping Saint Anselm to an 11-5 advantage at the interval.
The Hawks tallied four of the second half's first five goals to open up a 15-6 lead, with Palumbo scoring three goals in the opening 7:45 of the second stanza. Saint Anselm led by at least seven goals the rest of the way on its way to its second-straight 20-10 victory. Freshman Annie Richards scored her first collegiate goal with 6:27 remaining before sophomore Breda Holland notched Saint Anselm's second man-down goal of the afternoon to finish the scoring.
Saint Anselm held a commanding 21-11 advantage in draw controls in the game, led by Versprille's game-high 10. Senior Zoie Cavotta tied her career high with 14 saves, including 10 in the second half, and also led the Hawks with five ground balls. Versprille and Holland each caused three turnovers.
Devin Coluter paced American International with three goals, while Brittany Hutchison had two goals and two assists. Chelsea Davis had nine saves and five ground balls for the Yellow Jackets but fell to 3-5 on the season.
Saint Anselm looks to keep its winning streak alive when it travels across town to face Southern New Hampshire University at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 28.