MANCHESTER, N.H. – The third-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team sprinted out to a 2-0 lead Wednesday night, but the Warriors from Merrimack College fired home four unanswered goals to cop a 4-2 victory.
Saint Anselm (10-1, 5-1 NE10), ranked third in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, sees its program-record 10 game winning streak come to an end with the Northeast-10 Conference loss. Merrimack (8-3, 4-2 NE10) won its third-straight game, handing the Hawks their first loss of the 2017 season.
The Hawks scored back-to-back goals within the game's ninth minute, creating a 2-0 lead. Jackie Guillemette picked up her eighth goal of the season off a long feed from Emma Kincaid and Leika Scott notched her third of the year off an Erin Collins corner that was handed off by Mia Vecchione.
Merrimack came roaring back shortly after the Saint Anselm spurt as Rylie Hammond scored the game's next three goals, scoring her first two tallies unassisted before tipping home a pass off of a Delaney Yule corner. Mikayla Panneton secured her fourth goal of the season at 59:43 to create late insurance for the Warriors.
Freshman Julia Hand drew her first career loss with the result, yielding four goals on 11 shots while Collins recorded a defensive save. Katharina Ohmen made eight saves on 10 shots, securing her eighth victory in goal for Merrimack.
Saint Anselm held the narrow edge in shots taken (14-to-12) and penalty corners (7-to-5).
The Hawks host New Haven in a non-league game this Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.