ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – Sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) and freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) each notched four points to lead the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team to a 14-10 victory against Molloy College on Sunday afternoon.
The Hawks even their record at 1-1 on the young season, while the Lions sink to 1-3.
After Molloy jumped out to a 2-0 lead 5:03 into the contest, Villareal fed Daly, who beat Lions goalkeeper Caroline Winters to cut the deficit in half at the 22:04 mark. Codi Reiser found the back of the net off an Alexa Toscano pass for the second time to make it 3-1.
Sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) pulled the Hawks within one on a free-position tally at 17:25 before classmate Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) tied it with 14:22 remaining in the opening half. After Reiser and Toscano connected for the third time at 12:08, Villareal answered with an unassisted score just 41 seconds later. Daly then gave Saint Anselm its first lead with a free-position goal at the 6:56 mark.
Molloy re-claimed the lead when Reiser and Kaitlynn Kelly scored 50 seconds apart, but free-position goals from Doherty and Villareal at 2:37 and 1:44, respectively, sent Saint Anselm into the break with a 7-6 advantage.
A pair of goals in the first 1:15 of the second half put the Lions back on top by one, but it would be their final lead of the afternoon as the Hawks scored four straight. Freshman Katie McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) tied the game with her first collegiate goal at 27:46 before Pickett set up Daly for a goal that gave the visitors the lead for good with 25:35 to go.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) followed with a pair of free-position goals and the Hawks led 11-8 with 13:40 to play. Reiser would finally return the favor to Toscano at the 9:04 mark, but three more Saint Anselm tallies stretched its lead to five.
Villareal registered her third of the game off a feed from Doherty at 8:29 before Stazinski matched that with an unassisted score at 5:58. Daly potted her fourth 1:42 later when freshman Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) picked up her first collegiate point in setting up the goal.
Casey Naab tacked on a free-position score with 26 seconds left to close the gap.
Sophomore goalkeeper Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) stopped nine shots, while Winters made five saves.
Molloy held a 25-23 edge in shots, while Saint Anselm won 17 of 26 draw controls. The Hawks were also 6-for-8 on their free-position attempts, while the Lions were just 1 of 5.
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