MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Erica Mattila and junior Molly Beck scored five goals apiece and the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team held off Franklin Pierce University in the second half for a 14-12 victory on Wednesday evening at Grappone Stadium.
Beck's five goals were one shy of her career high, while Mattila became the ninth student-athlete in program history to score 100 goals in her career for Saint Anselm (7-3, 5-1 NE10), which led 9-3 at halftime. Franklin Pierce (4-5, 2-5 NE10) started the second half with three quick goals, but that was as close as the Ravens would get until the final minutes of the game.
Mattila entered the night five goals shy of the century mark and reached the milestone with 12:30 remaining after scoring consecutive goals for Saint Anselm. Franklin Pierce outshot Saint Anselm, 42-30, in the game, but senior Zoie Cavotta made 15 saves, one shy of her career high set on Saturday, to help the Hawks to the victory.
With the teams tied at 2-2 midway through the first half, Saint Anselm took control by scoring seven of the final eight goals of the opening 30 minutes. Beck started the surge with back-to-back goals and had four in the span of less than nine minutes in the opening half.
Trailing by six, Franklin Pierce came out of the half with three goals in the first three minutes, with all three goals scored by Caitlin Sweeney and Briana Sweeney, who combined for seven of Franklin Pierce's 12 goals in the game. With Saint Anselm's lead trimmed to three, senior Meaghan Sheehy scored her lone goal of the game and set up the next one to get the lead back to five with 23:14 remaining.
The Ravens hung around by scoring three of the next four goals to make it a 12-9 game with 14:39 to go following a goal by Maddie Hasson. Mattila netted back-to-back goals in the space of 1:17 to reach the 100-goal mark and increase her team's lead back to five with 12:30 left. Franklin Pierce scored the final three goals of the game but it was not enough.
Both teams had 14 draw controls in the game, with Versprille and Briana Sweeney each grabbing six. Caitilin Sweeney picked up a game-high five ground balls for the Ravens, while Lauren Lockard had three for Saint Anselm. Becca Shea forced a pair of turnovers for the Hawks and Megan Schaeffer had four for Franklin Pierce.
Cavotta picked up her seventh victory of the season with her 15-save effort. Madison Murray took the loss with nine saves.
Six of Saint Anselm's final seven regular-season games come against teams currently ranked in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Top 25, beginning with a trip to No. 4 Le Moyne on Saturday, Apr. 7. Opening draw is set for 11 a.m. in Syracuse, N.Y.