MANCHESTER, N.H. – Paced by five goal scorers, the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team cruised to a 5-0 shutout over the Falcons from Bentley University on Wednesday at Grappone Stadium.
Saint Anselm improves to 4-0 on the young season and has not yet allowed a goal to date, turning in four consecutive clean sheets for the first time in team history. The Hawks, ranked fifth in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, have won 40 of their last 45 games at Grappone Stadium and limited Bentley (2-2, 1-1 NE10) to only three shots against in the contest.
Senior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) scored her team's third goal of the game, giving her the all-time career goal scoring record at Saint Anselm with 29 to her credit. In her team's last game, Friend became the all-time point scoring leader with 75 career points via 28 goals and 19 assists – she requires only one assist to become the team's outright record-holder in that statistic.
After a scoreless first quarter, senior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) racked up an unassisted tally in the game's 22nd minute to create a 1-0 advantage for the hosts. Sophomore Carly Lacasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) followed just minutes later with an unassisted strike of her own, upping the Saint Anselm lead to 2-0.
After Friend's record-setting tally at 31:30, junior Ericka Meissner (Falmouth, Mass.) and senior Emma Bartle (Acton, Mass.) added goals down the stretch to create the final five goal lead. Senior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.), the NE10's reigning Defensive Player of the Week, picked up an assist on Meissner's third quarter goal.
Junior Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) played the first 45 minutes of the game for Saint Anselm, turning aside one shot on net. Classmate Molly Dingley (Manchester, Vt.) relieved Hand in the fourth quarter and did not face a shot against.
Bentley's Kayleigh Vogel halted nine of 14 shots, drawing the loss. The Falcons were paced by two shots from Tess Anderson, who forced Hand to make her only save.
Saint Anselm returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 21, hosting Molloy at 11 a.m.