Women’s Lacrosse Handles Grand Valley State, 19-9
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomores Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) and Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) combined for 11 points to lead the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team to a 19-9 victory against Grand Valley State University on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks win their second straight to improve to 2-1 on the season, while the Lakers close their spring break trip to New England at 1-2.
Daly registered five goals and an assist, while Stazinski potted four goals and set up another.
A free-position tally by sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) set the tone for the Hawks just 2:35 into the contest. Stazinski doubled the lead with an unassisted score two-and-a-half minutes later before free-position goals from Daly and freshman Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) made it 4-0 with 13:50 to play in the opening half. The goal was Kudlate's first collegiate point. Senior Carrie Brophy (Mansfield, Mass.) found the back of the net 58 seconds later and Saint Anselm had a five-goal lead.
The Lakers jumped on the board at the 12:04 mark as Rachel Leibovitz found Ali Dixon in front. After freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) answered that, Leibovitz made good on a free-position chance with 8:50 left to cut it to 6-2.
Daly responded with her second of the day just 1:10 later, but GVSU kept it a four-goal game as Allyson Fritts beat Saint Anselm goalkeeper, sophomore Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.), to make it 7-3 with 4:06 on the clock.
Sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) beat Lakers' goalkeeper Audrey Kobe just nine seconds later before Stazinski closed the first-half scoring with a free-position tally that made it 9-3 with 2:33 to go.
After Meagan Emery found Brooke Ingraham for a goal just 26 seconds in, Saint Anselm scored six unanswered goals from five different players to grab a commanding 15-4 lead at the 18:50 mark. Daly scored twice during the stretch, while freshman Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) closed the run with her first collegiate goal.
Fritts scored again with 17:40 remaining to slice it to 10, but Stazinski then set up Daly and Pickett potted her second of the afternoon to open it up to 17-5 with 14:22 left. After a Victoria Devine goal for the Lakers, freshman Kayla Lanagan (North Dartmouth, Mass.) tallied her first career goal at 10:53 and Stazinski followed with her fourth of the contest off a Daly feed to make it 19-6.
Grand Valley State scored the final three goals of the day, including a pair from Taylor Bierwagen.
Ramzi stopped five of the 10 shots she faced in the first 44:25 of action, while freshman Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) played the final 15:35. Kobe made five saves.
Saint Anselm outshot Grand Valley State, 30-17, and won 15 of 26 draw controls. The Hawks were also 5-for-7 on their free-position attempts, while the Lakers were 2-for-4.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. as they open Northeast-10 play by hosting Merrimack College at Grappone. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and following us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).