NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The #3 Saint Anselm College field hockey team had their seven game winning-streak snapped at the hands of Merrimack College as the Warriors handed the Hawks a 4-1 setback on Saturday afternoon in North Andover, Mass.
The Hawks wrap up the regular season at 15-3 overall and 10-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference, securing the first Regular Season Championship in program history while earning the school's first #1 seed in the postseason in field hockey. Merrimack picks up its fourth-straight win to move to 8-7 and 8-4 in league games.
Merrimack answered nearly eight minutes later as they came downfield on an odd-man rush and Mary McNeil beat Katherine Sears to make it a 1-1 game. The Warriors nearly took a one-goal lead into the half, but Jennifer Brown was there for the defensive save to preserve the stalemate headed into the break.
Out of the half, Merrimack jumped on top 2-1 as Taylor Simpson tipped home a shot from Mary McNeil on the back post to put the home team ahead. They extended their lead to 3-1 as Rylie Hammond entered the scoring column as she scored of a shot from Nicole Bradley that had hit the post.
Lauren Folchetti had a chance for the Hawks in the 58th minute as she took a shot that was destined for the back of the cage, but Merrimack's Delaney Yule was there for a defensive save that led to the Hawks earning a penalty stroke. Zoe Griffin stepped to the line and fired on goal, but the shot sailed wide and the score remained 3-1.
Emma Kincaid had another chance for Saint Anselm a minute later, but Katharina Ohmen was there for the stop to preserve the 3-1 lead for the Warriors.
Merrimack would add one more goal when Hammond slammed home a rebound off a shot from Taylor Simpson to give the game its final score of 4-1.
The Warriors held a 17-9 advantage in shots in the game and took eight penalty corners to just three for Saint Anselm. Katherine Sears made five saves in goal for the Hawks, with Brown adding a defensive save.
The Hawks return to action next Friday when they host an NE-10 Semifinal game at 4 p.m. at Grappone Stadium with their opponent to be determined.
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