SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) registered a career-high 10 points to lead the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team to Saturday's 20-6 victory against American International College at Abdow Field.
The Hawks improve their program-best start to 5-0, including 2-0 in Northeast-10 play, while the Yellow Jackets dip to 3-4, 0-4 NE-10.
Daly potted seven goals on just eight shots and matched her career best with three assists, while sophomore Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) also reached career highs in points (5) and goals (4). As a team, the Hawks recorded assists on 13 of their 18 non-free-position goals.
Daly scored a pair of goals 37 seconds apart to stake Saint Anselm to a 2-0 lead just 3:45 into the contest. Whitney McKay put the Yellow Jackets on the board at 25:30, but three goals from Marshall powered a run of seven straight for the Hawks that opened up a 9-1 lead with 11:19 remaining in the opening half.
Strikes from Brittany Flynn and Jessica Lawler snapped the run and gave American Int'l some momentum, but Daly's fourth of the afternoon and the second of the game for sophomore Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) closed the half with Saint Anselm leading 11-3.
The Hawks picked up where they left off to start the second stanza as Daly found classmate Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) just 21 seconds in. Marshall and Daly then added tallies and Saint Anselm held a 14-3 lead five minutes in.
Following a pair of Cheyenne Carden free-position goals, Stazinski made good on a free-position opportunity of her own. Flynn scored her second of the day for AIC to cut it to 15-6 with 18:33 to go, but the Hawks closed the contest with five straight, including the final two from Daly, to bring the score to 20-6.
Stazinski and Villareal both posted four points on three goals and an assist, while junior Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) tallied two goals and an assist for three points. Sophomores Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) and Lauren Perry (Merrimack, N.H.) notched three and two assists, respectively.
Sophomore Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) stopped four of the seven shots she faced in the first half, while junior Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) turned away six of the nine chances she saw in the second half. AIC goalkeeper Lissy Doherty made nine saves.
Saint Anselm outshot AIC, 31-24, including 17-9 in the first half, and collected 14 of the game's 25 draw controls. The Hawks went 2-for-4 on their free-position opportunities, while the Yellow Jackets were 3-for-9.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, March 25 at 4 p.m. as they play host to Assumption College. 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.