Fourth-ranked Le Moyne too much for women's lacrosse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senior Meaghan Sheehy recorded four goals and two assists for the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team in a 16-8 loss at fourth-ranked Le Moyne College on Saturday at Ted Grant Field.

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Sheehy had a hand in six of her team's eight goals on the afternoon for her eighth game in the last nine with at least six points for Saint Anselm (7-4, 5-2 NE10). Bryanna Fazio scored five goals, Erin McMullen had four goals and two assists and Emily Altland contributed a goal and five assists for Le Moyne (11-0, 7-0 NE10), one of three remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division II.

Sheehy's six points gave her 145 for her career, bringing her within two points of Kaitlyn Stazinski '15 for eighth in program history. The six-point performance also brought her season total to 69, passing her total of 65 from last season for eighth-most in a single season in the Saint Anselm record book.

Boasting the sixth-best scoring defense in Division II, allowing just 6.60 goals per game entering the day, Le Moyne held Saint Anselm scoreless for the first 17:38 of the game while taking a 3-0 lead until sophomore Breda Holland broke the drought with an unassisted goal. The Dolphins used three 3-0 runs in the first half to build up a 9-3 lead at the break, with Sheehy scoring on a pair of free position shots for the Hawks.

The teams split the first six goals of the second half evenly over the first 10 minutes. Sheehy scored her team's third-straight goal, all on free positions, to start the half, but Le Moyne again rattled off three consecutive goals to go ahead, 12-4. After goals by Emma Palumbo and Molly Beck, Le Moyne stretched its lead to 10, 16-6, with four-straight goals. The Hawks scored the final two goals, with Sheehy scoring one and setting up Beck for the final goal of the contest.

Sophomore Becca Shea had a career-high four caused turnovers to lead the Hawks defensively, tied for the seventh-most in a single game in program history. With 13 saves in the loss, senior Zoie Cavotta rose to eighth all-time in a single season at Saint Anselm with 117 this season.

The Le Moyne defense forced 15 of Saint Anselm's 22 turnovers in the game, led by five from Kelly Gaffney. Hannah George stopped seven shots for the hosts, who outshot the Hawks, 43-20, in the game.

Beck and Cavotta each had four ground balls for Saint Anselm, while Erica Mattila broke a tie with head coach Meghan Smith '10 for the third-highest number of draw controls in a season by controlling two draws.

The Hawks continue a run of three-straight games against ranked teams against No. 15 Merrmiack at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 11 in North Andover, Mass.