EASTON, Mass. – Sophomores Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) and Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) each scored four goals, but the sixth-seeded Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team was nipped by third-seeded Stonehill College, 13-12, in the Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinals on Wednesday evening at W.B. Mason Stadium.
The Hawks, who were making their first Northeast-10 Championship appearance since 2006, wrap up their record-setting season at 10-7. The 10 wins are the most in the 14-year history of the program. Stonehill improves to 13-5 and will take on second-seeded Adelphi on Saturday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. on the campus of Le Moyne College.
After finishing two shy of the rookie record for goals in a season (54) a year ago, Daly this season came up just one short of the program's single-season record of 67, which was set last year by Meghan Smith.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) scored off a feed from freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) just 1:29 into the contest to stake the Hawks to a 1-0 lead. Daly buried a free-position shot and freshman Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) added an unassisted tally to push the Hawks out to a 3-0 advantage with 22:38 remaining in the opening half.
After Kelsey Shannahan broke the ice for Stonehill under a minute later, sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) set up Daly's second strike and Pickett tacked on her first of the night to widen the gap to 5-1 with 18:49 to play.
Two straight goals from Heather Sullivan and a second from Shannahan trimmed the Skyhawk deficit to one with just under eight minutes left. Daly gave the Hawks some breathing room at 5:22, but Stonehill would score four times over the final four minutes to take an 8-6 lead into the break.
The Skyhawks did not let up out of the half as Mary Lee Mahony potted a goal 45 seconds in. Saint Anselm responded, however, by scoring six of the game's next seven goals over the ensuing 14-plus minutes to take a 12-10 lead. Pickett fueled the stretch with a trio of goals, while Marshall, Villareal and Daly also added scores.
In their regular-season meeting eight days ago on the Hilltop, Saint Anselm led Stonehill, 15-13 with 8:34 to play in regulation. In almost identical fashion to that game, the Skyhawks scored the final three goals of the contest Wednesday to pull out the victory. Mahony potted the game winner with 6:42 remaining.
With time winding down on the Saint Anselm season, senior Kayleigh Hunt (Sudbury, Mass.) forced a turnover and scooped up the ground ball with eight seconds on the clock. The Hawks pushed the ball in transition and ripped off one final shot that was saved by Stonehill goalkeeper Ashley Armstrong with one second left.
Sophomore goalkeeper Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) made two saves, while Armstrong stopped five shots.
Saint Anselm outshot Stonehill, 23-17, including 11-6 in the second stanza, and also held a narrow 14-13 edge in draw controls. The Hawks were 2-for-4 on their free-position opportunities, while the Skyhawks went a perfect 1-for-1.