PREVIEW: Women's soccer heads to Saint Rose for NE10 Quarterfinals


MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team has qualified for the Northeast-10 Conference Championship for the first time since the 2013 season and will take on the College of Saint Rose in the Quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

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The fifth-seeded Hawks will take on the fourth-seeded Golden Knights at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in Albany, N.Y. Saint Anselm wrapped up the regular season with a 9-6-1 overall record and 9-4-1 against NE10 opponents while Saint Rose concluded the year with a 12-3-3 record and 9-3-2 in league play.

The winner of Tuesday's tilt will play in the Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 against the winner of seventh-seeded Southern Connecticut and second-seeded Southern New Hampshire at the site of the higher seed remaining.

LAST TIME OUT: Saint Anselm shut out Merrimack, 2-0, on Saturday night in NE10 play at Martone-Mejail Field in the regular-season finale. Senior Corey Murray (Scituate, Mass.) put the Hawks ahead 1-0 at 21:14 of the opening half. She looked to add to Saint Anselm's lead exactly a minute later, but Warrior keeper Megan Langlois was up for the challenge. Junior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) followed with her team-leading 10th goal of the season at the 62:22 mark of the game. From then on, the Warriors only had one shot on net for the remainder of the game. Wildrick finished the game with five saves in net and earned her fourth clean-sheet of the year. Langlois and Fulton split time in net for the Warriors, each making three saves.

SCOUTING SAINT ANSELM:

  • The Hawks concluded the 2018 season as one of the most successful teams in program history with a program-record nine league victories. 
  • Murray cracked the program's top-10 list for all-time points in a career with 44 (19-6=44) while currently ranking seventh all-time with 19 career goals.
  • Farina also became the first student-athlete from Saint Anselm to reach double-digit goal scoring totals in one season since Kaitlin Oldfield '12 in 2012.
  • From Wednesday, Sept. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 13, the Hawks won five-straight NE10 matches for the first time since 1997.
  • Seven of the team's first 13 opponents on the season were ranked regionally by the NCAA. Through 13 games, teams that Saint Anselm have already played boasted a 95-59-12 (.608) record which stood for a time as the 11th-best mark in all of NCAA Division II.
  • Farina's 22 points (10-2=22) was fifth-best in league play while leading the team with a 23 points overall (10-3=23). Murray was second on the team in points with nine (4-1=9). 
  • Junior Kiley Larocque (Upton, Mass.) and sophomore Bailey Conti (Walpole, Mass.) each had eight points, with Larocque tallying three goals an a pair of assists. 
  • Wildrick had a solid year in net posting a 9-6-1 record along with four shutouts, all of which came during league play. She was tied for fifth-best in league play with a .839 save percentage.

SCOUTING SAINT ROSE:

  • Saint Rose wrapped up the regular season with a 1-1 tie against No. 23 Southern New Hampshire on Sunday, Oct. 8.
  • Nina Predanic led the team with 33 points during the regular season (12-9=33). Morgan Burchhardt was second on the squad with 21 points (6-9=21). Both student-athletes were also the team leaders in assists with nine each. 
  • The Golden Knights averaged 2.11 goals per game on 15.5 shots per game while holding their opponents to less than a goal per game.
  • Keeper Marika Laurendeau had eight shutouts on the year, which was second best in the NE10, and a 0.85 goals-against average that was third among league keepers.

NE10 POSTSEASON ALL-TIME: The Hawks have made the conference tournament 20 times with a 7-18-1 record. They have appeared in the finals twice back in 1990 and 1991. The last time Saint Anselm made the conference tournament was in 2013, when the Hawks lost to Adelphi, 2-1, in the quarterfinals. The last victory came during the 2006 quarterfinals in a 1-0 win over UMass Lowell, advancing to the Semifinals, where the Hawks fell to Franklin Pierce, 2-1, in overtime.

HEAD COACH: Joel Bancroft is in his second year at the helm of the women's soccer program after being hired as the 10th head coach in program history on Jan. 6, 2017.

He has an overall record of 15-10-3 and 13-12-3 in league play. He had three All-NE10 student-athletes during the 2017 season.

ALL-TIME vs. SAINT ROSE: The Golden Knights hold a 13-4-3 all-time record against Saint Anselm. However, the Hawks defeated regionally-ranked Saint Rose this year at home by a score of 2-1. Larocque scored at 14:39 of the first half to give Saint Anselm a 1-0 lead. The Golden Knights would tie the game but ultimately it was the late game heroics of Conti that sealed the victory for the Hawks.

Prior to that, the last win against the Golden Knights came when they were No. 1 overall in all of NCAA Division II on Oct, 11, 2014, when the Hawks won 2-0 at home.