MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Michelle Lemelin recorded her second career overtime game-winning goal on Wednesday, lifting the fourth-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team to a 4-3 extra time victory over Southern New Hampshire University at Larkin Field.
Saint Anselm, the fourth-ranked squad in NCAA Division II according to the National College Field Hockey Coaches Association, improves to 14-1 overall on the year and to 8-1 against Northeast-10 Conference foes. Southern New Hampshire (5-9, 2-8 NE10) remains winless in five meetings against the Hawks.
With time expired in the first 15-minute overtime stanza, Mia Vecchione received a penalty corner at the top of the arc that was eventually tipped home by Lemelin, clinching a wild 4-3 win for the Hawks. It marked the second overtime game winner for Saint Anselm this season and the second career overtime strike for Lemelin, whose first career goal came in extra time against Assumption on Sept. 8, 2016.
Laura van der Doorn put the Penmen ahead by a 1-0 score only 8:31 into the contest, making her the first opposing player to score the first goal in a game against Saint Anselm all season. Playing from behind, Hannah Friend scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season off helpers from Leika Scott and Emma Kincaid, respectively, to put the Hawks ahead only 6:10 into the second half.
Helene Servais would give Southern New Hampshire the lead right back, scoring twice just under nine minutes apart off assists from van der Doorn and Amaris Taylor. Not to be outdone, Friend capped off her second hat trick of the season with a goal set up by Kincaid with only 6:25 left in regulation time.
Saint Anselm outshot the Penmen by a 15-to-5 margin in regulation, but controlled the momentum in the first overtime period to the tune of seven unanswered shots and earning all six penalty corners. Friend and Kincaid led the Hawks with five shots apiece, individually matching the entire Penmen shot total themselves.
Freshman Julia Hand earned the win for Saint Anselm, allowing three goals. Southern New Hampshire's Melanie Rennie made 11 saves on 15 shots, but drew the loss after yielding the overtime game-winner.
Saint Anselm returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 21, hosting No. 5-ranked LIU Post at Grappone Stadium in a 1 p.m. showdown.