NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior Meaghan Sheehy set a new single-season program record for assists as part of a four-goal, four-assist performance for the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team in a 25-16 loss at No. 14 Merrimack College on Wednesday evening at Merrimack Stadium.
Sheehy's four assists for Saint Anselm (7-5, 5-3 NE10) not only established a new single-season program high of 36 but also moved the senior into a three-way tie atop the program record book with 59 for her career. Beginning late in the first half, Merrimack (9-3, 7-2 NE10) broke an 11-11 tie by scoring seven-straight goals to hand the Hawks their fifth defeat of the season, all against nationally-ranked teams.
Following her seventh-career game with at least eight points, Sheehy passed Kaitlyn Stazinski '15 for eighth in program history in career points (153) and moved up three spots into a tie for fourth for points in a single season (77). Erica Mattila's three goals moved her one ahead of Stazinski for eighth-most in program history with 103 for her career.
Mattila finished the night with three goals and one assist, while Emma Palumbo contributed four goals. Marta Versprille added a hat trick and five draw controls. Junior Molly Beck grabbed 15 draw controls, the fourth-highest single-game total in Saint Anselm records.
Merrimack scored twice in the opening minute as part of a quick 5-1 start to the game for the hosts over the opening three-plus minutes. Trailing 8-2 a little over 10 minutes in, Saint Anselm scored nine of the next 12 goals to putt even at 11-11 with 3:46 left in the first half. Palumbo scored three goals, including the last two, during the rally and Sheehy set up four of her team's nine tallies in the stretch.
Following Palumbo's goal with 3:46 left in the opening half that tied the game at 11-11, Merrimack held the Hawks scoreless until Sheehy scored with 15:29 remaining in the second half. The Warriors scored seven-straight goals during the Saint Anselm drought getting goals from seven players. Finding themselves down seven with less than 20 minutes to go, the Hawks scored three of the next four goals to make it a 19-14 game with 12:47 left but could get no closer.
Saint Anselm enjoyed a 25-18 advantage in draw controls on the night thanks in large part to Beck's 15, but committed five more turnovers (19) than Merrimack (14). Lauren Trepaney made 11 saves for the Warriors, while Zoie Cavotta had eight for the Hawks.
Amber Feminella matched Sheehy with eight points in the game on six goals and two assists. Ally DaCosta recorded two goals and five assists for the Warriors, who got four goals and two assists from Bridget Schofield and five goals from Annette Ruggiero.
Saint Anselm hosts No. 24 Assumption on Saturday, Apr. 14 for the team's Senior Day and "Teal The Field" game at 2 p.m. at Grappone Stadium.