WORCESTER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team played their third nationally-ranked opponent in as many games, falling to No. 17 Assumption College by a 19-10 score on Saturday afternoon in a Northeast-10 Conference match at the Multi-Sport Stadium.
The Hawks fall to 6-6 overall and 4-5 against NE10 opponents while the Greyhounds, who came into the game ranked 17th in the country in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II national poll, improve to 10-3 overall and 6-3 in league play.
The Hawks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first 1:22 of the contest. After getting the first possession on the opening draw, Richards scored with just 48 seconds gone off the clock. After Assumption gained possession on the next draw, Cobain forced a turnover and raced down the field to extend Saint Anselm's lead.
The Greyhounds cut the lead in half a minute later on a goal by Olivia Angelo, but Cobain regained a two-goal advantage with 2:39 elapsed in the opening half for the Hawks.
Saint Anselm went up 4-2 with 25:27 remaining in the opening half thanks to a tally by Balboni. However, three unanswered goals by the Greyhounds put them up 5-4 with just under 19 minutes to play in the half.
After junior Breda Holland (Londonderry, N.H.) evened the game at five with 17:53 to play, Assumption quickly took back the lead 12 seconds later on a tally by Meghan Cushing. The Greyhounds scored twice more to build an 8-5 advantage midway through the first half before Cobain scored her third goal of the contest to bring the Hawks to within two with 12:19 to play.
Richards scored the next two goals to tie the game at eight with 8:14 to play in the opening half. However, Assumption scored three of the next four goals to go into the half with an 11-9 lead.
The second half was all Assumption, as the hosts outscored Saint Anselm 8-1. The Greyhounds got a pair of goals from Jill Good and Callie Dwyer in the second stanza while four other Assumption players found the back of the net.
Junior goaltender Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) made 13 saves in net in just over 50 minutes of action. Freshman Grace Young (Merrimack, N.H.) had three saves in relief for the Hawks. Allie Collins made 11 saves for the Greyhounds. Dwyer had five goals for Assumption to lead all scorers on the day.
The Hawks return home on Tuesday, Apr. 16 to take on the Skyhawks from Stonehill College at Grappone Stadium at 7:30 p.m.