MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team opened its season on Saturday with a 19-9 loss to nationally-ranked Mercy College at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks fall to 0-1 on the young season while the Mavericks, ranked 12th in NCAA Division II by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, moves to 2-0 after securing each of those victories over Northeast-10 Conference opponents.
Mercy improves to 2-0 against Saint Anselm in the all-time series, edging the Hawks in overtime last season by a 13-12 score on Feb. 24, 2018.
Senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.) had four goals and an assist for five points (4-1=5) with freshman Taylor Cobain (Smithfield, R.I.) firing home three goals in her collegiate debut. Freshman Jenna Balboni (Billerica, Mass.) and junior Breda Holland (Londonderry, N.H.) rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece.
The Mavericks held a 22-to-7 edge in draw controls, cruising to the win after racing out to a 7-1 lead with only 14:32 expired on the game clock. A free position goal by Balboni stopped a four-goal start to the game by Mercy, but three additional goals by the visitors, the last of which coming with the extra player, created an early six-goal hole for the Hawks.
Down by a 7-1 score, the Hawks outscored the Mavericks by a four-to-three span to conclude the second half, cutting the Mercy lead to five goals, 10-5, at halftime. The Hawks were still in striking distance, despite losing all but two of the first 16 draw controls of the game. Saint Anselm was, however, successful by converting five of their nine shots on goal.
A goal from Beck to open the second half cut the Hawks deficit to four goals, 10-6, but Mercy scored eight of the game's next nine goals to build a commanding 18-7 lead with exactly seven minutes to go in regulation time. Beck and Cobain added man-up goals at 4:58 and 4:14, respectively, but the early damage had been done.
Junior goalkeeper Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) yielded 10 goals on 14 shots, drawing the loss. Freshman Grace Young (Merrimack, N.H.) made her collegiate debut in relief of Pudvar, allowing nine goals on 12 shots. Mercy backstop Emma Jacobsen improved to 2-0 on the year, making five saves on 14 shots against.
The Hawks will battle Barton on Tuesday, Mar. 5 in Sparks, Md., competing on the campus of the United States Lacrosse headquarters at 1 p.m.