NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) tallied a game-high five points to lead the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team to an 18-6 victory against Southern Connecticut State University on Friday evening at Jess Dow Field that cemented its first Northeast-10 Championship berth since 2006.
The Hawks post their first double-digit win season in program history as they improve to 10-6 overall and 7-5 in Northeast-10 play. The Owls finish their season at 3-13, 1-11 NE-10. Saint Anselm, which has earned the sixth seed in next week's tournament, will make its fifth NE-10 Championship appearance and the first in seven years when it travels to take on third-seeded Stonehill College on Wednesday, May 1 at W.B. Mason Stadium. The Hawks will be looking for their first ever NE-10 Championship win.
Sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) pushed the Hawks out to a 1-0 lead against the Owls just 24 seconds into the contest before Daly scored off a feed from freshman Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) to double the lead. Daly then set up freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Doherty potted her second goal to make it 4-0 at the 24:03 mark.
Sarah Muise scored twice within a 27-second span, but Saint Anselm responded with seven straight goals that opened up a commanding lead. Villareal found the back of the net off a Doherty pass, while free-position tallies from Marshall and sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) widened the gap to 7-2 with 16:47 remaining in the opening half.
Freshman Katie McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) kept the stretch rolling with an unassisted score at 15:57 and Marshall grabbed a pass from Doherty and beat Southern Connecticut goalkeeper Nora Anderson 45 seconds later to give the Hawks a seven-goal advantage.
Daly and fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) added two more tallies 30 seconds apart to run the score to 11-2 with 13:12 left. Katie Walter's free-position goal snapped the run at 9:26, but scores from Villareal, Pickett and McKenna sent the Hawks into the break with a 14-3 lead.
McKenna opened the second-half scoring with her career-best third goal of the game and Stazinski followed by converting a free-position chance that made it 16-3 with 24:33 to go. Muise answered with two straight, but Daly wiped that out with two more goals, including one off a pass from sophomore Molly McGaffigan (Groton, Mass.) that expanded the lead to 18-5 with 7:50 left. The Owls would close the scoring with a goal at 5:08.
Sophomore goalkeeper Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) made eight saves, while Anderson stopped six shots.
Saint Anselm held a 31-20 advantage in shots, including 20-8 in the first stanza. The Hawks also held a narrow 14-12 edge in draw controls. They were 3-for-5 on free positions, while the Owls were 2-for-4.
The Hawks will look to avenge their 16-15 loss at home to Stonehill on April 23 when they take on the Skyhawks in the first round of the Northeast-10 Championship on Wednesday, May 1. 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.