WATERBURY, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team handed the Eagles from Post University a 23-4 defeat on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference tilt at LaMoy Field.
The Hawks improve to 2-1 on the year while the Eagles fall to 0-2. It's the second-straight game that Saint Anselm has scored at least 22 goals. Today's total was just one goal shy of the most goals scored in a game of 24, which has happened on two separate occasions.
Sophomore Annie Richards (Reading, Mass.) led the offense with a career-high 11 points (5-6=11), tying the single game all-time record. Her six assists were also tied for second most in a game as well. Freshman Taylor Cobain (Smithfield, R.I.) had four points, all goals. Senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and sophomore Sarah Morey (Natick, Mass.) each found the back of the net three times.
Saint Anselm built an 11-0 lead with just 6:42 gone in the first half. Richards, Cobain, Beck and Morey all scored twice in that span. Freshman Olivia Smyrnios (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored her first career goal in that span while sophomore Kelsey Czarnota (Wakefield, Mass.) and freshman Jenna Balboni (Billerica, Mass.) also tallied to help build early advantage.
Post finally put back-to-back goals on the board by Morgan Cassiliano and Savannah Schwack to trail 11-2 with 16:39 left in the first half. The Hawks countered with six more strikes to take a 17-2 lead into the half, including two from junior Breda Holland (Londonerry, N.H.) and the first-career tally from Lexie Casey (Tyngsborough, Mass.) to close out the half.
Cassiliano scored the first goal of the second half with 1:47 elapsed in the frame, before Czarnota, Morrey and Richards put the Hawks up 21-3 with 20:17 left in regulation. Lauren Chambers scored with 16:41 left, before Richards answered with under 15 minutes to play. Sophomore Ally Irish (Scituate, Mass.) netted her first collegiate goal with 57 seconds later to wrap up the scoring.
The Hawks held a 40-9 advantage in shots and won 21 of the 26 draw controls in the contest. Junior goaltender Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) and freshman keeper Grace Young (Merrimack, N.H.) each had one save in net in 30 minutes of action for the Hawks with Pudvar improving to 2-1 on the year. Christina Badarocco stopped six shots and allowed six goals for the Eagles while Noreen Donnelly made four saves in net and took the loss.
The Hawks begin Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday, Mar. 16 on the road against the Owls from Southern Connecticut State University at 1 p.m.