WALTHAM, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team lost to nationally-ranked Bentley University, 14-11, on Saturday afternoon in a Northeast-10 Conference tilt.
The Hawks fall to 5-3 overall and 3-2 versus NE10 opponents while the Falcons, who are ranked 19th the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, improve to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Freshman Jenna Balboni (Billerica, Mass.) had a career-high five goals to go along with an assist for a six-point afternoon for Saint Anselm. Senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Mass.), junior Breda Holland (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore Annie Richards (Reading, Mass.) all had two goals each in the setback.
The Hawks built a 3-0 advantage in the first five minutes of the first half on tallies by Richards, Holland, and Balboni. However, the hosts struck for six unanswered goals, including a pair by Cara McCarthy and Caroline Boudreau to put Bentley ahead 6-3 with 14:21 to play in the opening half.
The teams went back and forth to conclude the scoring in the first half, with Beck and Richards finding the back of the net for Saint Anselm, which went into the half trailing 8-5.
The Falcons scored three consecutive goals to build an 11-5 advantage with just 8:57 gone off the clock to start the second half.
Balboni scored the next two goals for the Hawks while Beck and Holland brought the guests back to within two goals with 17:15 to play in regulation.
McCarthy put the Falcons on her back, scoring the final three goals for the home team while Balboni wrapped her day with the last two goals scored by Saint Anselm. However, it was not enough as her final goal of the game with 5:55 in regulation was the last scoring in the game.
Junior Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) had a career-high 14 saves in net on 28 shots faced in the loss. Balboni also forced three turnovers on defense while senior Elizabeth Kelly (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), junior Lauren Lockard (Sanibel, Island, Fla.) and sophomore Kelsey Czarnota (Wakefield, Mass.) each had a pair of caused turnovers.
Eliza Bresler got the win for Bentley, stopping 12 of the 23 shots she faced in net. Bentley had a slim 34-32 edge in shots and scored on all five free-position shot attempts. McCarthy finished with five goals and an assist for the Falcons.
Saint Anselm returns to action on Tuesday, Apr. 2 with a road contest in Rindge, N.H., taking on the Ravens from Franklin Pierce University at 4:30 p.m.