NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team opened Northeast-10 Conference play with a 15-5 victory at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon.
The Hawks improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 against league opponents. The Owls fall to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.) had a team-high six points (2-4=6) while junior Breda Holland (Londonderry, N.H.) finished with four goals and an assist. Freshman Taylor Cobain (Smithfield, R.I.) continued her impressive rookie season with three tallies. She has had at least three points in her first four collegiate games on the Hilltop.
The Hawks built a 2-0 lead in the first nine minutes of action. Freshman Jenna Balboni (Billerica, Mass.) and sophomore Kelsey Czarnota (Wakefield, Mass.) each tallied goals. The teams traded goals back-and-forth by the midway point as Saint Anselm led 3-2 with 14:19 to play in the first half.
After the Owls tied the game on a tally by Karlie Rowe with the extra player, the Hawks scored three straight, thanks to tallies from sophomore Sarah Morey (Natick, Mass.), Beck, and Holland, building a three goal advantage, 6-3, heading into the half.
Saint Anselm outscored Southern Connecticut State 5-1 in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with Cobain and sophomore Annie Richards (Reading, Mass.) finding the back of the net twice.
The Owls scored once more with 17:02 to play in the game, before the Hawks put away the final four goals of the contest with sophomore Caroline Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) scoring the final tally with 1:47 left in regulation.
Saint Anselm had a 35-21 advantage in shots. Junior Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) stopped a career-high 10 saves in net for her third win of the season. Laura Morton made 10 saves in net for the Owls.
The Hawks return to action on Wednesday, Mar. 20 taking on the Purple Knights of Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Duffy Field.