MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team came up short against the nationally-ranked Chargers from the University of New Haven, falling 10-7 on Senior Day in a Northeast-10 Conference tilt on Saturday afternoon.
The Hawks wrap up their season with a 7-9 record on the year, finishing with five wins in 13 games in the NE10. The Chargers, who came into the game ranked 16th in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II national poll, improve to 11-6 and 9-4 in NE10 action and advance to the NE10 postseason.
It was the eighth nationally-ranked opponent Saint Anselm has played this year and the seventh from the conference. Seniors Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.), Elizabeth Kelly (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), and Taylor Patterson (Pelham, N.H.) played in their final contest of their careers.
Beck finished her career with 118 points on 90 goals and 28 assists (90-28=118) over 49 games at the Hilltop, capping her career ranked 12th in point scoring. Beck ended the season with an active 19-game point streak that dated back to her junior campaign. Kelly wrapped up her career with 33 caused turnovers and 37 ground balls in 36 games and Patterson finished with 34 games played, picking up 13 ground balls and forcing seven turnovers.
Freshman Jenna Balboni (Billerica, Mass.) led the Hawks offense on Saturday with four points (2-2=4), while junior Breda Holland (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore Annie Richards (Reading, Mass.) each had a goal and an assist.
The Chargers led by three with 13:08 left in the opening half, before freshman Taylor Cobain (Smithfield, R.I.) cut the deficit to two just under the 10-minute mark. However, New Haven scored twice more to go into the half with a 5-1 lead.
After the Chargers made it 6-1 with 4:03 gone in the second half, Holland scored on a long pass from Balboni to bring the Hawks to within four. Holland assisted on the next goal, finding Beck breaking towards the net and making it 6-3 in favor of New Haven.
After Samantha Galler scored her second goal of the game, Saint Anselm scored the next three goals to get within a goal. First tally in that stretch was by sophomore Kelsey Czarnota (Wakefield, Mass.) with the next two coming from Balboni with 7:37 to play in regulation.
However, the visitors scored the next goals to go ahead 10-6 with 3:11 remaining. The Chargers were able to run the clock down before giving up a goal with 16 seconds left to Richards for the final score of 10-7.
Junior Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) matched her career-high she set earlier this season with 14 saves in net. Kelly forced three turnovers in the contest. Gianna Guerra finished with six saves in net for the Chargers. New Haven outshot the Hawks 32-22 in the game but just 16-14 in the second half. Saint Anselm was successful on 17 clear attempts.