MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Jackie Guillemette of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team recorded her team's fourth-ever hat trick on Tuesday, helping the Hawks down Franklin Pierce University by a 4-1 score.
Saint Anselm (8-0, 4-0 NE10) is in the midst of its best start in team history, racking up eight wins without a loss to date in 2017. Franklin Pierce falls to 5-4 overall and to 2-2 within the Northeast-10 Conference as a result of Tuesday's defeat.
Guillemette potted three goals for Saint Anselm against the Ravens, the second Hawks player to record a hat trick in 2017 alone. Erin Collins, the league's reigning Defensive Player of the Week, picked up the fourth goal for Saint Anselm while Hannah Friend and Kendall Clifford added single assists to join Emma Kincaid's two helpers.
The first goal of the game was scored in the seventh minute as Kincaid and Guillemette finished off the two-on-one breakout. Guillemette's second goal of the game at 26:06 came off a scramble near the right post and her third tally was set up by Friend, passing the ball off a rebound.
Collins added insurance late, tipping home a shot from the left side from Clifford to build a 4-0 advantage. Katlyn Barden struck for her first goal of the year in the final 10 minutes of action, cutting into the Saint Anselm lead, but the Hawks were able to hold on and secure the win.
The Hawks outshot the Ravens by an 18-to-2 margin and earned all 11 of the game's penalty corners. Freshman Julia Hand improved to 6-0 for Saint Anselm in goal, making one save on two shots, while Franklin Pierce's Meaghan Williams made nine saves. Alicia Lasnik made a defensive save for the Ravens.
Saint Anselm hits the road this Saturday, Sept. 30, taking on Southern Connecticut State at 3 p.m. before traveling to non-conference Mercy for a 11:30 a.m. tilt on Sunday, Oct. 1.