Nationally-ranked Bentley halts women's lacrosse's winning streak

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team saw its six-game winning streak come to an end, as No. 24 Bentley scored three-straight goals to break an 8-8 tie late in the second half to secure a 12-9 victory on Saturday at Grappone Stadium.

Box Score

With the score tied at 8-8 inside the final 10 minutes, Ciara Morley broke the deadlock for Bentley (5-2, 4-1 NE10) and Mary Kate Staines scored the game's next two goals to give the visitors a three-goal advantage. Senior Meaghan Sheehy paced Saint Anselm (6-3, 4-1 NE10) with two goals and five assists, marking her seventh-straight game with at least six points. The five assists moved Sheehy past Erin Marshall '16 into fourth in program history with 52 for her career, while her two goals saw her jump into the top-10 all-time with 85.

Saint Anselm's six-game winning streak was the program's longest since starting the 2014 season with eight victories in a row. The 8-0 start in 2014 was also the last time the Hawks started 4-0 in the NE10. All three of the Hawks' losses this season have come to nationally-ranked teams.

Senior Zoie Cavotta made a career-high 16 saves for Saint Anselm, including 12 in the second half alone, while moving up to fifth in program history with 211 career saves. Eliza Bressler posted nine stops to earn her fifth victory of the season for Bentley.

Senior Emma Palumbo netted three goals, giving her 13 over the last three games, while junior Molly Beck scored twice. Sophomore Lauren Lockard grabbed a game-high six ground balls, while senior Marta Versprille and junior Elizabeth Kelly each caused a pair of turnovers.

The Hawks started the game with four of the afternoon's first five goals over the opening 10:51. Beck and Palumbo scored on either side of a Paige O'Neill goal before Sheehy netted back-to-back goals to give Saint Anselm an early three-goal lead. The Falcons responded by getting six of the next seven goals to lead 7-5 at the half.

Out of the break, Saint Anselm opened the second half on a 3-1 run to tie it up at 8-8, as Sheehy set up Palumbo and Versprille 17 seconds apart to bring the Hawks level. Bentley, however, gained separation with three-straight goals to take the lead for good.

Bentley held a slender, 12-11, advantage in draw controls on the afternoon and outshot Saint Anselm, 41-26. The Hawks scooped up 20 ground balls to 18 for the Falcons, with six Hawks posting at least two.

Saint Anselm hosts Franklin Pierce on Wednesday, Apr. 4 at 7:30 p.m.