RINDGE, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team returned to the win column with a 17-6 victory over Northeast-10 Conference foe Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday afternoon at Sodexo Field.
The Hawks, who have won four straight against the Ravens, improve to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in league play. Franklin Pierce falls to 6-4 overall and 3-4 against NE10 opponents.
Sophomore Sarah Morey (Natick, Mass.) had a career-high six goals in the contest, picking up her third career hat trick, while classmate Kelsey Czarnota (Wakefield, Mass.) handed out a career-high six helpers in the contest. Junior Breda Holland (Londonderry, N.H.) also finished with six points (4-2=6), scoring four times. Senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.) became the 15th student-athlete in program history to register 100 career points (78-22=100) as she finished the day with three goals.
Saint Anselm jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with just 2:12 gone off the clock with freshman Taylor Cobain (Smithfield, R.I.) finding the back of the net for the 22nd time of the season. After some back and forth play, the Ravens evened the game up at one just under 22 minutes left in the first half with Savannah Ernst scoring for the hosts.
The Hawks regained the lead with 18:52 left in the opening stanza as Morey scored her 11th of the season with sophomore Annie Richards (Reading, Mass.) assisting on the play.
Morey scored twice to put Saint Anselm up 4-1 in a span of 44 seconds and complete her third-career hat trick.
Holland made it 5-1 with 10:40 to play with Cobain assisting on the tally. Franklin Pierce cut back into the lead on a tally by Morgan Baxendale with 8:28 left in the first half.
Beck put the Hawks back up by four goals with 4:15 to play in the half. She received a pass from Czarnota from below the goal line and fired a shot over Casey Butera.
Ernst scored twice in the final minute of the half to bring the hosts to within three as Saint Anselm led 7-4 after 30 minutes of play.
Freshman Jenna Balboni (Billerica, Mass.) doubled the Hawks lead with 3:56 gone off the clock in the second half, connecting on the first free position goal of the game. Beck added two more to make it 10-4 with just under 25 minutes to play in the second half.
Cobain, Balboni, and Holland pushed the lead to 13-4 with 15:21 to play in the game. The Ravens got one back 12 seconds later but two goals from Morey and another from Holland made it 16-5 with under nine minutes remaining in the game. Morey added a goal late to make it 17-5 a second under three minutes to play.
Bella Lima scored for the Ravens with 1:12 left in the game for the 17-6 final.
Making her first-career start in net, freshman Grace Young (Merrimack, N.H.) earned her first-ever collegiate win, stopping a season-high nine shots in net. Butera stopped 11 shots in relief for the Ravens. As a team, the Hawks forced eight turnovers on defense, four of them coming from senior Elizabeth Kelly (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.). Saint Anselm had a 37-25 advantage in shots, including 23-7 in the second half. The Hawks also won 13 draws in the game.
Saint Anselm returns home to host the top-ranked Dolphins from Le Moyne College on Saturday, Apr. 6 at 10:30 a.m.