MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) scored a career-high five goals, but the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team was edged by the 13th-ranked University of New Haven, 12-11, Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks have their seven-game winning streak snapped as they drop to 7-2 on the season, including 4-1 in Northeast-10 play. The chargers even their record at 5-5 and improve to 3-2 in conference action.
Doherty set the tone early for the Hawks as she potted an unassisted goal just 1:13 into the contest to put the hosts up one and then scored again off a feed from classmate Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) to make it 2-1 with 18:12 remaining in the opening half. Fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) buried a free-position chance at the 15:45 mark and then assisted on a goal by classmate Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) just 3:01 later that opened up a 4-1 lead.
New Haven battled back with the final three goals of the half, however, including a pair from Kathryn Campbell, to knot the game at four at the break.
Saint Anselm looked to grab momentum back when Pickett opened the second-half scoring with an unassisted tally just under four minutes in, but the Chargers potted four of the next five – with the Hawks getting one from Doherty – to take an 8-6 lead with 16:43 left.
The Hawks showed fight once more as they scored three-in-a-row to regain the lead with 12:51 on the clock. Doherty began the run by beating New Haven goalkeeper Marissa McDermott at the 15:28 mark before Stazinski followed suit at 13:35. Freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) put Saint Anselm back on top with a free-position score.
After New Haven scored three straight – with two from Natalie Lieberman – Doherty scored at the seven-minute mark and Pickett found the back of the net off a feed from freshman Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) with 4:00 left to tie the game at 11.
Lieberman delivered the final blow for New Haven on an unassisted goal with just 1:31 on the clock in regulation to lift the Chargers to victory.
Freshman goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) made three saves, while McDermott stopped seven shots.
Saint Anselm held a 22-20 edge in shots, while New Haven won 14 of the game's 25 draw controls. The Hawks were 2-for-5 on free-position chances and the Chargers were 1-for-2.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. when they play host to crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire 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 and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.