MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) amassed a career-high eight points to lead the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon's 20-8 victory against Franklin Pierce University at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks further their program-record start to 8-0, including 5-0 in Northeast-10 play. The eight straight victories also make up Saint Anselm's longest win streak ever, surpassing last season's seven-game run from March 3-April 3. The Ravens, meanwhile drop to 3-5, 2-4 NE-10.
Pickett potted a career-best five goals and matched her career high by handing out a trio of assists. Sophomore Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) tallied five goals and an assist for six points to support Pickett's performance.
Junior Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) kicked off the scoring just 3:09 in as she received a feed from Villareal and found the back of the net. A Villareal goal of her own on a free-position attempt doubled the lead at 23:33 before Pickett's first of the day widened the gap to three just 29 seconds later. Sophomore Lauren Perry (Merrimack, N.H.) made it 4-0 with a free-position tally with 22:17 remaining in the opening half.
Megan Raposa finally put Franklin Pierce on the board at the 20:25 mark, but Daly connected with Pickett to answer and re-gain the four-goal advantage 45 seconds later. The Ravens would not go away, however, receiving goals from Madeline Shopshire and Lauren Beville to slice the deficit in half at 5-3 with 14:26 to play.
Sophomore Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) and junior Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) responded with strikes, but the Ravens hit back with two more, including Raposa's second, to climb within 7-5 with 8:01 on the clock. Pickett would score her third and fourth goals of the frame to close the scoring, however, and send the Hawks into the break with a 9-5 lead.
Pickett began the second half the same way, burying a free-position goal to set off a run of four straight as Daly, Villareal and Kudlate also found the back of the net to crack open a 13-5 advantage. After Shopshire halted the stretch, Villareal potted a pair to put the Hawks in total control at 15-6 with 20:05 to go.
Franklin Pierce responded with two more, including another from Shopshire, but Saint Anselm closed the game with five straight goals, including the first career tally for freshman Liv Connly (Fiskdale, Mass.), to seal it.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) turned away five of the 11 shots she saw in the first 38:37 of action, while junior Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) stopped 3 of 5 over the final 21:23. Julia Coakley made five saves playing the entire first half and the final 20:05, with Denise Hunt thwarting just one of the seven shots she saw in the first 9:55 of the second stanza.
Saint Anselm held a 28-23 advantage in shots, including 17-12 in the second half, and grabbed 21 of the contest's 30 draw controls. The Hawks were also a sizzling 8 of 12 on free positions, while limiting the Ravens to just 1 of 6.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. as they travel to take on the also undefeated University of New Haven. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. when they play host to Adelphi 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.