EASTON, Mass. – Host Stonehill College scored seven of the game's final eight goals in the last 16:00 to defeat the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team, 14-12, in a back-and-forth Northeast-10 Conference game on Tuesday evening at W.B. Mason Stadium.
Saint Anselm (8-6, 6-4 NE10) led 7-4 at halftime and 11-7 with 19:30 remaining in the second half, but Stonehill (6-7, 5-6 NE10) used a late surge to defeat the Hawks. The Skyhawks scored six times in the span of 7:47 to take a 13-11 lead and held on the rest of the way.
Junior Molly Beck tallied a team-high four goals for Saint Anselm, while senior Erica Mattila scored three times and sophomore Breda Holland added two goals and an assist. Senior Meaghan Sheehy notched a goal and two assists and classmate Emma Palumbo netted a pair of goals for the Hawks.
Sheehy's three points gave the senior 162 for her career, moving her up into sixth all-time at Saint Anselm. Beck and Mattila each grabbed seven draw controls to rise up the single-season record book. Mattila sits third with 163 this season, while Beck is ninth with 75.
Stonehill started the game by scoring the first four goals over the opening 11:20 with four goalscorers finding the back of the net for the Skyhawks early on. Saint Anselm responded by rattling of the final seven goals of the opening half hour to take a three-goal lead into the break. Holland scored her team's first goal at 17:54 and accounted for three goals during the 7-0 run with two goals and one assist, while Palumbo also scored twice in the half.
Sheehy set up Beck for the first goal of the second half, the eighth-straight goal for the Hawks, after 1:32 and Saint Anselm later re-built its four-goal lead after back-to-back free position shots by Beck and Mattila. Trailing by four inside the final 20 minutes, the Skyhawks stormed back with six-straight goals of their own, three by Logan Snelling, to lead 13-11 with 8:13 left.
With the Hawks finding themselves behind, Beck trimmed the deficit to a single goal with a free position shot with 4:42 remaining. After the teams traded turnovers, the Stonehill defense blocked a free position shot by Mattila with 1:07 left before causing another turnover to gain back possession. The Skyhawks were content to run the clock down until Brianna Doherty secured the victory with six seconds remaining.
Doherty had a game-high five points on two goals and three assists to pace Stonehill, while Snelling matched Beck with four goals. Olivia Pino and Linna Jalinskas both scored three times for the Skyhawks, who also got two goals and two assists from Shannon Hughes. Taylor Shannahan caused seven turnovers defensively.
Senior Zoie Cavotta made six saves in the setback for Saint Anselm. Bailey Grant improved her record to 6-7 with a 10-save effort for the hosts.
Beck and Mattila helped the Hawks control 18-of-28 draws in the game. Saint Anselm was 5-for-9 on free position shots, compared to 0-for-3 for Stonehill.
Saint Anselm faces three-straight ranked opponents to conclude the regular season, beginning with a visit from the top-ranked team in Division II, Adelphi University, on Saturday, Apr. 21 at 2:30 p.m.