No. 5 field hockey blanks Molloy, 8-0, to keep shutout streak intact

No. 5 field hockey blanks Molloy, 8-0, to keep shutout streak intact

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) of the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team recorded a hat trick en route to a 8-0 blanking of Molloy College on Saturday at Grappone Stadium.

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Saint Anselm did not allow a single shot against, improving to 5-0 on the season. The Hawks still have yet to allow a goal to date and remain the only team in NCAA Division II to have not conceded a goal.

Lemelin's three-goal performance gives her the eighth hat trick in team history while junior Ericka Meissner (Falmouth, Mass.) chipped in with two goals and an assist, setting a career-high mark for point scoring.

With her outstanding performance against Molloy, Lemelin has cracked the program's career point scoring leaderboard. She now sits ninth all-time with 19 goals and six assists for 44 points (19-6=44) to her credit.

With two assists against the Lions, Friend now owns the team record for career assists outright with 21 to her credit. This season, Friend has set the Saint Anselm career records for career points scored (29-21=79) and goals scored (29).

Senior Mary Nee (Canton, Mass.) opened the scoring only 4:30 into the game, scoring off a pass from classmate Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.). Lemelin's first tally of the game came just 4:20 later to put the Hawks ahead by a 2-0 margin after the opening quarter of action.

The Hawks poured home four goals in the second stanza as sophomore Sarah Bagley (North Andover, Mass.) and Lemelin added single markers with Meissner scoring twice within a span of 30 seconds. Meissner also added the assist on Lemelin's second quarter strike.

Sophomore Emilie Martin (Yarmouth, Maine) and Lemelin rounded out the scoring with goals in the 38th and 53rd minutes, respectively.

Hawks backstop Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) played the game's first 30 minutes and did not face a single shot. Junior Molly Dingley (Manchester, Vt.) came on in relief in the second half and also did not see a shot attempt.

Molloy goaltender Ava Quick was pulled after only 24-plus minutes, yielding six goals on nine shots. Ally Saigh made seven saves on nine shots, playing the game's final 35:47. Carly Malico added a defensive save for the Lions.