Mattila, Sheehy lead women's lacrosse to fourth-straight win

 

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Seniors Erica Mattila and Meaghan Sheehy combined for 12 goals and Mattila tallied her 100th-career point for the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team in a 20-10 victory over Saint Michael's College on Tuesday at Grappone Stadium.

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After tying the program record with 11 points on Saturday, Sheehy totaled seven goals and one assist for Saint Anselm (4-2, 2-0 NE10), which won its fourth-straight game. Mattila started the afternoon three points shy of the century mark and became the 14th student-athlete in program history to reach the milestone eight minutes into the second half as part of a five-goal outing against Saint Michael's (0-5, 0-3 NE10).

Sheehy's seven goals are tied for the fourth-most in a single game in program history, a feat last accomplished by Caitlin Villareal '16 against Assumption on Apr. 27, 2016. The four-game winning streak is the longest for the Hawks since the 2015 team won four in a row from Apr. 14-22.

While Sheehy and Mattila carried most of the load offensively, senior Marta Versprille contributed her third hat trick of the season, her second in as many games. Mattilahad nine draw controls and  Molly Beck added seven as the Hawks totaled 24 as a team, the second-highest total in program history, compared to just eight for Saint Michael's.

Saint Anselm got out to a quick start, scoring the game's first four goals over the opening 6:58. Sheehy netted a hat trick in the first 5:17 by tallying the first three before a Mattila free-position shot. After a Saint Michael's goal, the Hawks rattled off three-straight goals to open up a commanding 7-1 lead midway through the first half.

The Purple Knights registered four of the next five goals to cut their deficit to three, 8-5, with 5:12 to go before the break. Free-position shots from Sheehy and Madison Shea accounted for the final two goals of the half, giving the Hawks a 10-5 lead at the interval.

Saint Michael's again got within three, 10-7, by scoring twice in the opening 1:55 of the second half, but that was as close as the visitors would get. Mattila scored her third goal of the game with 22:05 left to hit the 100-point mark and start a 5-1 run that put Saint Anselm ahead, 15-8. After back-to-back Saint Michael's goals, the Hawks added the final five goals of the contest to double up the Purple Knights.

Senior Zoie Cavotta earned the victory after stopping 5-of-10 shots in the opening half. Sophomore Bailee Pudvar played the final 30:00 and made three saves, tying her career high. Alexis Bower and Victoria Putnam each had four saves for Saint Michael's, with Bower taking the loss after playing the first 22:48.

Saint Anselm forced 12 of Saint Michael's 20 turnovers on the afternoon, led by two apiece from Versprille, Emma Palumbo, Jamie Traverse and Breda Holland. Elizabeth Kelly and Lauren Lockard tied for the team lead with three ground balls apiece. Kelly's three ground balls were a career-best total.

Four Purple Knights scored two goals apiece. Emma Coleman grabbed a game-high five ground balls for Saint Michael's, while Annie Martin caused three turnovers.

Saint Anselm travels to American International College on Friday, Mar. 23 for a 4 p.m. start.