MANCHESTER, N.H. – Ten goalscorers helped lead top-ranked Adelphi University to an 18-4 victory over the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.
Senior Erica Mattila had a hand in three of the four goals for Saint Anselm (8-7, 6-5 NE10), scoring twice and recording an assist. Top-ranked Adelphi (14-1, 12-0 NE10) built a 14-0 halftime lead and was led by Alison Johnson's two goals and five assists.
Senior Emma Palumbo and sophomore Breda Holland also found the back of the net for the Hawks, who fell to a nationally-ranked opponent for the sixth time this season. Michele Scannell and Beth Ann Pierce each tallied three goals and an assist for the Panthers.
Adelphi scored twice in the opening 31 seconds and three times in the first 1:10 of the game to take control from the start. Johnson had two goals and four assists in the Panthers' 14-goal first half and assisted on Kole Pollock's opening goal of the second half to make it 15-0.
Holland got the Hawks on the board with 23:10 remaining in the second half with an unassisted goal and Palumbo netted her 34th goal of the season 3:04 later to give Saint Anselm back-to-back goals. After the Panthers rattled off the next three goals, Mattila scored on a pair of free position shots over the final 5:49 to conclude the scoring.
Zoie Cavotta made six saves in the opening half for Saint Anselm, falling to 8-7 on the season with the loss. The six saves post Cavotta up four spots into third in program history for saves in a season with 147 this spring. Bailee Pudvar took over for the second half, tallying one save. Adelphi used four goalies in the game, with Emma Lemanski maintaining her unbeaten record with two saves over the first 39:54. Lemanski is 12-0 on the season.
The Panthers won 16 of the game's 23 draws, led by five apiece from Scannell and Alyssa Gillespie. Both teams were effective on clears, with Adelphi going 12-for-14 and Saint Anselm succeeding on 11-of-14 attempts.
Next up for the Hawks is a home game against No. 14 Pace University at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 25.