MANCHESTER, N.H. – Four members of the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team scored three goals to help the Hawks to a 14-10 victory over visiting Stonehill College on Tuesday at Grappone Stadium.
Saint Anselm improves to 7-6 overall and to 5-5 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents on the year, handing Stonehill (7-7, 4-6 NE10) only its third defeat in the all-time series against the Hawks. Saint Anselm hits the road for two tough contests against nationally-ranked Adelphi (Thursday, Apr. 18) and Pace (Wednesday, Apr. 24).
Senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.), junior Breda Holland (Londonderry, N.H.), sophomore Annie Richards (Reading, Mass.) and freshman Taylor Cobain (Smithfield, R.I.) each scored three goals for the Hawks, with the first three adding two assists as well. Sophomore Kelsey Czarnota (Wakefield, Mass.) scored a goal and an assist with classmate Caroline Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) striking once.
Down by a 5-4 margin with 8:42 to go in the first half, the Hawks had three consecutive goals from Cobain, Richards and Beck to create a two-goal advantage in the waning minutes of the opening half. Saint Anselm would not trail the rest of the contest, building a game-high lead of six goals with 17:01 to go in the contest.
The Hawks held a first-half edge in shots (15-to-12) and ground balls (10-to-5), but Stonehill rallied back with 14 of the second half's 24 shots in a comeback attempt. The Skyhawks also reeled in 14 draws, limiting the Hawks to only 10 wins, but Saint Anselm was successful on 16 of its 19 clearance attempts in transition.
Hawks netminder Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) made six saves in the victory, her sixth of the year. The tandem of Bailey Grant and Kaleigh Wright yielded 14 goals on 22 shots, with Grant taking the loss despite seven saves.