GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team played its sixth nationally-ranked opponent of the season, falling to No. 2 Adelphi University by a 16-1 score on Thursday afternoon.
The Hawks fall to 7-7 overall and 5-6 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents while the Panthers, who entered the game ranked second in the country in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II national poll, improve to 14-1 and 11-0 in conference play.
Saint Anselm got the first goal of the game on a tally from sophomore Annie Richards (Reading, Mass.) with an assist coming from senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.) that came in the first 1:06 of the contest. The Panthers scored twice with just under 27 minutes to play to build a 2-1 advantage.
The hosts went into the half with a 6-1 lead as Lena Riportella and Christina Ferrara each scored twice in the opening stanza.
Adelphi went on to score 10 goals in the second half with Riportella leading the way with three tallies. Seven others found the back of the net in the final thirty minutes of the contest.
Junior Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) had seven saves in net for the Hawks while Emma Lemanski picked up the win for Adelphi, making five saves in net. Riportella finished with six goals and an assist for the Panthers.
Adelphi held a slim 25-18 advantage in shots and forced 17 turnovers to Saint Anselm's 12. On defense, senior Elizabeth Kelly (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) caused a team-high three turnovers while three other Saint Anselm student-athletes registered a pair.
The Hawks wrap up their road schedule against No. 19 Pace on Wednesday, Apr. 24 in Pleasantville, N.Y. for a 6 p.m. start.