Women’s Lacrosse Earns First 3-0 Start Ever with 22-4 Win Against Nyack

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) matched her career high with nine points and sophomore Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) set a new career best with seven points as the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team cruised to a 22-4 victory against Nyack College on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

The Hawks improve to 3-0 for the first time in program history, while the Warriors sink to 0-5.

Daly scored six times and handed out a career-high three assists, while Villareal potted four goals and matched her career best with three helpers.

Villareal kicked off the scoring just 50 seconds in before sophomore Bebe Butts (Windham, Maine) scored the first goal of her career 13 ticks later. Daly buried her first of the day and then followed a goal from classmate Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) with her second before Villareal found the back of the net again to make it 6-0 nearly three minutes in.

Nyack's Lauren Lebo and sophomore Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) traded goals twice to bring the score to 8-2. Three goals from Daly and a pair from junior Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) made up five of the final seven strikes of the opening half that gave Saint Anselm a 15-2 advantage at the break.    

Villareal, Marshall and Daly kept the momentum going in the second stanza, with sophomore Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) scoring her second and third goals of the game to bring the score to 20-2 with 19:59 remaining.

Lebo snapped the 13-goal run by Saint Anselm before freshman Faith Francoeur (Dunbarton, N.H.) collected her first collegiate point with an assist on the first career goal from classmate Anna Moulton (Danvers, Mass.). Senior Brianna Doherty (No. Attleboro, Mass.) then earned her first career assist on another Butts goal to make it 22-3. Lebo found the back of the net for the fourth time to close the scoring with 4:12 on the clock.

Sophomore Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) stopped two of the four shots she faced in the first 24:11 of action, while senior Katherine Amato (Bedford, N.H.) made one save on three shots over the final 35:49.

Saint Anselm held a 37-8 advantage in shots, including 25-4 in the opening half, and also grabbed 19 of the game's 28 draw controls.        The Hawks were 1-for-2 on free positions, while the Spartans went 1-for-3.           

The Hawks return to action Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. when they open Northeast-10 play by hosting Bentley University 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.