MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team dropped a 21-8 Northeast-10 Conference decision to the top-ranked and reigning Division II national champion Dolphins from Le Moyne College on Saturday morning.
The Hawks fall to 6-4 overall and 4-3 against NE10 opponents while the Dolphins, who entered the game ranked number one by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II national poll, improve to 11-0 and 7-0 in league play.
Freshman Jenna Balboni (Billerica, Mass.) netted four goals for the Hawks while classmate Taylor Cobain (Smithfield, R.I.) scored three times. Senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.) added a goal and an assist for Saint Anselm.
Saint Anselm kept the game close in the first 15 minutes of the opening stanza and led for the first five minutes by a pair of goals. Beck and Cobain put the hosts up 2-0 with 4:26 gone in the contest. The Dolphins followed with four unanswered goals, including two tallies from Nicole Delany to go ahead 4-2 before Cobain brought the Hawks within a goal with 16:19 to play in the half.
However, Le Moyne went up 8-3 just under the 13-minute mark of the first half and had a 15-5 advantage at halftime.
Balboni opened the second half with a goal in the first 26 seconds, before Le Moyne regained a 14-goal advantage with 18:45 to play in regulation. Cobain stopped the scoring streak for the Dolphins, scoring her third goal of the contest with 9:44 remaining. Each team scored once more for the 21-8 final.
Freshman Grace Young (Merrimack, N.H.) suffered the loss in net for Saint Anselm, stopping four shots while junior Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) played the second half in relief and had two saves. Hannah George improved to 11-0 for the Dolphins, making five saves in net.
Le Moyne had a 38-17 shot advantage and won 21 draws in the game. Each team was successful on 12-of-16 clear attempts as well.
The Hawks return to action on Wednesday, Apr. 10 when they host No. 18 Merrimack at 4 p.m. at Grappone Stadium.