Sheehy ties record, hits milestone in win over Owls

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior attack Meaghan Sheehy tied the program record with 11 points, including the 100th of her career, as the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team eased past Southern Connecticut State University, 19-8, in its home and Northeast-10 Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

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Sheehy entered the afternoon six points shy of the 100-point milestone and reached the plateau on a free-position shot just 38 seconds into the second half. She is the 13th student-athlete in program history to record 100-career points. The senior tallied five goals and six assists for Saint Anselm (3-2, 1-0 NE10), which has won all 17 all-time meetings with Southern Connecticut (2-3, 1-1 NE10).

Sheehy's 11 points tied the record set by Lauren Glancy twice in the 2004 season. It was the second double-digit-point performance of the Wilmot, N.H. product's time on the Hilltop, as she recorded 10 points against the University of Tampa on Mar. 9, 2017.

Junior Molly Beck recorded three goals and one assist, while also grabbing a game-high six draw controls. Senior Marta Versprille scored three times, snagged three ground balls and five draw controls for the Hawks, while Emma Palumbo, Erica Mattila and Breda Holland each netted two goals.

Defensively, Zoie Cavotta earned the win in her team's third-straight victory with eight saves and also picked up a game-high four ground balls. Beck and Lauren Lockard both forced two turnovers.

Southern Connecticut scored 58 seconds into the game as part of a 3-1 start for the visitors over the first 12:21 of the game. Goals from Versprille and Sheehy 22 seconds apart tied the game at 3-3 midway through the opening half. Saint Anselm scored five-straight goals in the span of 4:16 inside the final 12 minutes of the first half to take an 8-4 lead and went into the locker room up 10-7 after a Beck goal in the closing seconds.

The Hawks tallied the first eight goals of the second half, giving the hosts a run of 10 consecutive goals in the game. Sheehy scored or assisted on six of her team's eight goals during the run. Saint Anselm held Southern Connecticut scoreless for a stretch of 30:54 until Nicole Healey broke the drought for the Owls with 4:05 remaining in the game. Sophomore Eleanor Angus grabbed the first goal of her career with 14 seconds to go to close the scoring.

Saint Anselm held a 17-11 advantage in draw controls in the game, including a 7-3 edge in the second half. The Hawks also owned an 18-14 lead in ground balls and committed eight fewer turnovers than the Owls on the afternoon.

Samantha Cozzolino and Carolynn Keal each registered three goals and an assist for Southern Connecticut, which got 14 saves from Laura Morton in the defeat.

Saint Anselm hosts Saint Michael's on Tuesday, Mar. 20 at 4 p.m. at Grappone Stadium.