Women’s Lax Sinks Grand Valley State, 14-8, For First 2-0 Start in Seven Years

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) and junior Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) each registered five points to lead the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon's 14-8 victory against Grand Valley State University at Grappone Stadium.

The Hawks improve to 2-0 on the young season for the first time since the 2007 campaign, while the Lakers dip to 2-3.

Villareal potted three goals and handed out two assists, while Pickett scored twice and notched three helpers.

Grand Valley jumped on the board first just 3:26 into the contest when Sarah Lowe set up Victoria Devine, who beat sophomore goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) to make it 1-0.

Two straight goals by sophomore Lauren Perry (Merrimack, N.H.), however, set off a run of eight straight scores by the Hawks that put them up by seven with 12:21 to play in the opening frame. Villareal tallied two goals and an assist during the stretch, while Pickett contributed a goal and a pair of assists.

Kira Dosenberry snapped the streak with 6:57 to go, but Saint Anselm closed the half with goals from junior Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) and Villareal to bring a 10-2 lead into the locker room.

The Lakers struck first just 21 seconds into the second half before Pickett set up Daly's third score of the day three minutes later to make it 11-3. The teams swapped scores again as sophomore Katie McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) answered a Ryan Skomial goal just 11 seconds later to bring the lead back to eight at 12-4 with 24:03 remaining.

Grand Valley scored four of the game's final six goals, with sophomore Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) and Pickett recording the two tallies for Saint Anselm.

Sophomore Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist, while junior Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) also kicked in a goal for the Hawks.

Bunn made three saves on five shots in the first half of action, while junior Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) stopped seven of the 13 shots she faced in the second stanza. Grand Valley goalkeeper Sarah Zwilsky made nine saves.

Saint Anselm held a 31-28 edge in shots, including 19-9 in the opening frame. Grand Valley owned a 13-11 margin in draw controls. The Hawks were 4-for-5 on free-position shots, while the Lakers went 0-for-2.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, March 15 at 3 p.m. as they play host to Nyack College in their third of four straight home games to open up the season. 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.