Women's soccer slotted 10th in first NCAA East Region rankings

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team is ranked 10th in the first set of NCAA Division II East Region rankings released this week.

LINK: NCAA Division II East Region Rankings (through games Oct. 17, 2018)

The Hawks have sprinted out to a 7-6 overall record, registering a 7-3 record against in-region teams. Saint Anselm has defeated nationally-ranked Southern New Hampshire and has recently downed regionally-ranked Saint Rose by a 2-1 margin.

Saint Anselm has played a challenging schedule to date as seven of its first 13 opponents on the season were ranked regionally by the NCAA. As of this announcement, teams that Saint Anselm have already played currently boast a 95-59-12 (.608) record which stands as the 11th-best mark in all of NCAA Division II.

Head Coach Joel Bancroft and the Hawks have won five of their last six games. The five-match winning streak was the longest against Northeast-10 Conference opponents dating back to the 1997 women's soccer season on the Hilltop.

The Hawks are led by junior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) and her seven goals and three assists (7-3=17). Senior Corey Murray (Scituate, Mass.) stands only two points away from cracking the program's top-10 career leaderboard and backstop Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) has posted an .840 save percentage against NE10 opponents, the second-best figure in the conference.

Saint Anselm heads to Springfield, Mass. for a 7 p.m. contest against American International this Friday, Oct. 19.