MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team suffered a 14-12 setback to cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference action on Wednesday night at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks fall to 5-2 overall and 3-1 against league opponents while the Penmen improve to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in NE10 action.
Senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.) extended her point streak to 10 games dating back to her junior season, leading the team against Southern New Hampshire with seven points (6-1=7). Sophomore Annie Richards (Reading, Mass.) scored twice and dished out an assist.
Saint Anselm struck first in the first 4:12 of the opening half on tallies from Beck and freshman Jenna Balboni (Billerica, Mass.). Alexis Felt and Dani Tompkins tied the game for the Penmen with 23:36 to play in the half before sophomore Kelsey Czarnota (Wakefield, Mass.) put the Hawks up 3-2 just over a minute later.
Southern New Hampshire responded on a tally by Merry Harrington with 22 minutes to play, before the visitors took their first lead of the game with 15:11 remaining in the half.
Beck and Richards gave the hosts a 5-4 lead with 13:43 remaining in the half but the visitors answered with a goal by Kristin Wilder with just four seconds over the 10-minute mark left.
Freshman Taylor Cobain (Smithfield, R.I.) put the Hawks up 7-4 with 6:03 remaining in the first half but the Penmen knotted things up with two goals in a span of 1:02 by Felt and Wilder. Beck regained the lead for Saint Anselm to go into the half with an 8-7 advantage.
Southern New Hampshire went ahead in the first 10 minutes of the second half thanks to tallies by Wilder and Felt, before Richards tied the game with 19:43 left in regulation.
The Penmen scored four unanswered goals from Kelsey Long, Erin Gorton, Madison Peredna, and Wilder to build a 13-9 edge with just under 12 minutes to play.
The Hawks ended the scoring draught at 11:46 with Beck's fifth goal of the game before Wilder answered with her fifth tally to put the visitors back up by three with under nine minutes in regulation. Junior Breda Holland (Londonderry, N.H.) and Beck brought the home team back to within two goals but that was all they would get.
Defensively, senior Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) matched her single-game career high of 10 saves for Saint Anselm, which she set earlier this year during a 15-5 win at Southern Connecticut on Mar. 16. Junior Lauren Lockard (Sanibel Island, Fla.) forced a pair of turnovers as well.
Hayle Ashford made 15 saves in net for the Penmen to pick up her fourth win of the season. The Hawks won the draw battle 15-13, but the big difference was the free position shots, which each team had 11 in the game. The Penmen scored six times while Saint Anselm only found the back of the net three times.
Saint Anselm returns to action on Saturday, Mar. 30 in Worcester, Mass. to take on the Falcons from Bentley University at 12 p.m.