SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team made the trek to central New York on Friday and handed the host Dolphins from Le Moyne College a 3-0 defeat on Saturday.
The Hawks picked up their first victory over Le Moyne in Syracuse since Oct. 15, 2005, improving to 5-5 overall and to 5-3 against Northeast-10 Conference foes. The Dolphins drop to 3-8 overall and to 1-7 against the league.
"Today's result was another positive step forward for this group," remarked second-year Head Coach Joel Bancroft. "It's always very hard to earn points on the road and, historically speaking, Le Moyne has been one of the toughest road matches for us.
"Getting on the board early was a great way to start. We did a nice job of working through our tactical adjustments early with the composure needed to be successful. I'm really proud of this group and how they continue to evolve," concluded Bancroft.
The first goal of the game came only 1:06 into regulation as freshman Liz Shaievitz (Lynnfield, Mass.) collected a turnover by a Le Moyne defenseman. Striding toward goal, Shaievitz ripped a shot from about 30 yards out that eluded the grasp of the Dolphins backstop for the game's first goal. The tally was the first of her Saint Anselm career.
Senior Corey Murray (Scituate, Mass.) created a 2-0 lead for the Hawks, receiving a long pass from sophomore Erin Paquette (Collegeville, Pa.) that bounced off the hard artificial turf surface and over the head of a Le Moyne defender. Streaking toward goal on a two-on-one with Shaievitz, Murray lifted a similar shot over the head of the goalkeeper.
Paquette earned her first collegiate point, an assist, on the play that moved Murray up to 11th all-time in career point scoring. She now has scored 18 goals and posted six assists for 42 points (18-6=42) across a 59-game career on the Hilltop.
The third goal of the game came off of a left-to-right cross by freshman Regan Pratt (Topsfield, Mass.) that caromed in off of a Le Moyne defender.
Hawks backstop Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) improves to 5-5 on the season after making two saves before yielding to freshman Mackenzie O'Neill (Lynnfield, Mass.) in the game's 83rd minute. The first-year backstop made two saves in relief, including a diving effort in the waning minutes of regulation time. Anastasija Cumika allowed three goals on five shots against, drawing the loss in goal for Le Moyne.
Le Moyne held a slight edge in shots taken, 6-5, and had five of the game's six corner kicks. Fouls were even at nine per side.
Winners of three-straight games, the Hawks will head to Saint Michael's College for a 3 p.m. match on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m.