SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Fourth-ranked Le Moyne College used a 13-goal first half to defeat the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team, 18-1, in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Wednesday afternoon at Ted Grant Field.
Seventh-seeded Saint Anselm (8-10) was making its first appearance in the postseason tournament since 2015 but could not get anything going offensively against Division II's fourth-stingiest defense. Second-seeded Le Moyne (17-1) advanced to the NE10 semifinals for the fourth-straight year and the seventh time in the last eight seasons.
The loss brought an end to the careers of Saint Anselm's seven seniors: Emma Palumbo, Jamie Traverse, Madison Shea, Erica Mattila, Marta Versprille, Meaghan Sheehy and Zoie Cavotta. Cavotta finished her career fourth in program history in saves (292) and her 170 saves this season are the third-highest single-season total at Saint Anselm.
Sheehy set the single-season points record in her senior campaign with 92 and finishes her career first all-time in assists, sixth in points (168) and 10th in goals (99). Versprille concluded her career fifth in program history in both draw controls (142) and caused turnovers (59).
Mattila concluded her four years second all-time at Saint Anselm in draw controls (174), seventh in goals (121) and 10th in points (144), while her 64 points this spring are ninth-best. Palumbo's 73 draw controls rank 10th in program history, while her 84 goals put her just outside the top 10.
The Dolphins scored twice in the opening 42 seconds to kick-start their 13-goal opening 30 minutes. Bryanna Fazio had three goals and an assist, all in the first half, to help Le Moyne surge to a 13-0 lead at halftime.
After the hosts scored the first goal of the second half to stretch the lead to 14-0, junior Molly Beck got the Hawks on the board, scoring on a free position shot with 22:41 remaining. The Dolphins added the game's final four goals, two by Sidney Hall.
Cavotta and Palumbo each picked up four ground balls for Saint Anselm in the loss. Le Moyne grabbed 15 of the game's 20 draw controls, including 11-of-13 in the first half, and outshot Saint Anselm, 33-12, in the game.