PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team's late rally fell short as the Hawks dropped a 15-9 contest to nationally-ranked Pace University on Wednesday night at Pace Stadium in a Northeast-10 Conference fixture.
Saint Anselm drops to 7-8 overall and 5-7 against NE10 opponents while the Setters, who entered the game ranked 17th in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II national poll, improve to 10-6 and 8-4 in league play. It was the seventh nationally-ranked opponent that the Hawks have played this season.
Senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.) extended her point streak to 18 games dating back to last season, netting her ninth hat trick of the year with three goals to lead Saint Anselm. Freshman Jenna Balboni (Billerica, Mass.) had a goal and two assists.
Beck gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the first 1:08 of the contest. However, Pace scored the next three goals, with two coming from Kayla Conway to go ahead 3-1 with just under 25 minutes to play in the opening stanza.
After some back and forth play, freshman Taylor Cobain (Smithfield, R.I.) brought Saint Anselm within one goal with 17:47 remaining in the first half with an assist from Balboni. However, Conway put the hosts up by a pair just over a minute later on a free-position goal.
Two more by Pace by the 10:28 mark made it 5-2, before Cobain cut the deficit to a pair with her second tally of the game with just under nine minutes to play. The Setters scored four of the next five goals to build an 8-4 halftime lead.
Pace ran out to a 15-4 lead by the midway point of the second half with three goals coming from Carlyn Mucci. The Hawks rallied and scored the final five goals of the game, including back-to-back goals from Beck with under five and a half to play in regulation. Balboni, junior Breda Holland (Londonderry, N.H.), and sophomore Sarah Morey (Natick, Mass.) rounded out the scoring for the 15-9 final.
The Hawks caused 15 of the Setters 16 turnovers in the game, four of them coming from Cobain and two each by sophomore Caroline Guzzardi (Boxborough, Mass.) and freshman goalie Grace Young (Merrimack, N.H.).
Pace outshot Saint Anselm 32-17, but only 15-10 in the second half. Junior Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) and Young each finished with four saves in net. Sienna Masullo stopped five of the 14 shots she faced for the Setters.
The Hawks conclude the regular season on Saturday, Apr. 27 at Grappone Stadium when they host No. 16 New Haven at 12 p.m. It will be the squad's annual Teal the Field game and the team will honor its graduating student-athletes as part of Senior Day.