MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) notched a game-high five points to lead the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team to Tuesday afternoon's 12-5 victory against Assumption College at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks remain perfect as they extend their program-best start to 6-0, including 3-0 in Northeast-10 play, while the Greyhounds dip to 5-2, 3-2 NE-10.
Daly scored four goals and handed out an assist, while classmate Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) added three points on a goal and two helpers.
Saint Anselm jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 4:45 on free-position goals by junior Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) and Daly. Assumption answered right back, however, with a free-position tally of its own from Lindsay Hagerman to cut the deficit in half just 1:17 later.
The Greyhounds kept it going with goals from Quincy Wilkins and Kathryn Beall that came just 22 seconds apart and staked Assumption to a 3-2 lead with 14:50 remaining in the opening half. It was the first time Saint Anselm had trailed all season long – a span of 315:09.
Pickett found sophomore Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) to knot the game at 3-all with 6:09 left, but an Amy McNeil free-position goal with 1:56 to go gave Assumption the lead back. Pickett then set up Daly's second of the half with 1:05 on the clock to send the teams into the locker room tied, 4-4.
Daly opened up the second half the same way she ended the first half as she scored 4:21 in to give the Hawks the lead for good at 5-4. Pickett, Marshall and sophomore Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) followed with strikes before sophomore Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) put a pair in the back of the net to break the game open at 10-4 with 5:06 to play. Daly capped the eight-goal run and stretched the lead to seven with 3:48 on the clock.
Molly Brown halted the barrage 19 seconds later, but Kudlate answered to close the scoring with less than 13 seconds remaining.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) turned away eight of the 13 shots she faced, including four of five in the second half, while Jaclyn Chirco made six saves.
Saint Anselm owned a 22-20 advantage in shots, including 13-7 in the second frame, while Assumption held a narrow 10-9 edge in draw controls. The Hawks were 3-for-7 on their free-position chances, with the Greyhounds going 2-for-8.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, March 29 at noon as they travel to take on Merrimack College. The next home game for the Hawks is Wednesday, April 2 at 4 p.m. when they play host to Franklin Pierce 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.