WALTHAM, Mass. – The sixth-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team posted a 1-0 road victory over Bentley University on Wednesday.
Saint Anselm, ranked sixth in all of NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, moves to 2-0 on the year. Bentley evens its overall record at 1-1 with the defeat. The Hawks head to Adelphi this Saturday, Sept. 14 for an 11 a.m. tilt with the host Panthers.
Through the game's first half of play, the Hawks fired five of the game's six shots. Bentley's lone shot came in the second quarter and it was blocked by a Saint Anselm field player.
Junior Ericka Meissner (Falmouth, Mass.) logged the game's only goal with 3:13 elapsed in the third quarter. Off a penalty corner by senior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine), senior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) was able to feed Meissner for the go-ahead goal.
Friend exited the game with 73 career points, having scored 27 goals and 19 assists since joining the Hawks in 2016. She passed former teammate Emma Kincaid '18 to hold sole possession of second place on the all-time career point scoring list.
Friend needs only two points of offense to pass the all-time career point scoring record holder, Kristina Katsikis '12, and her 74 across a four-year career (28-19=74). She also equaled Mia Vecchione '18 and her career record 19 assists on Wednesday.
The Hawks lead held up through the remaining 26-plus minutes of regulation time. Saint Anselm allowed only two Bentley shots on goal, each coming in the game's final 1:21 – both were rejected by Hawks backstop Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.), who picked up her 11th career shutout.
Through two games, a stout Hawks defense has allowed the aforementioned two shots on goal.
Bentley's Kayleigh Vogel finished the day with six saves, yielding only the goal to Meissner.