WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team shut out its seventh-consecutive opponent on Saturday, downing the host Chargers from the University of New Haven by a 6-0 margin.
Saint Anselm, the fourth-ranked team in NCAA Division II, improves to 7-0 on the year and to 5-0 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Hawks have not conceded a goal against all season, running its streak of shutout minutes to 420.
The Hawks did not allow a single shot attempt against for the second time in its last three contests. On the season, Saint Anselm has outshot its opponent by a combined 126-to-16 margin, never allowing more than five shots against in a single game.
Hawks backstop Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) picked up her 13th career shutout in the process, breaking the career record of Katherine Sears '17 who donned a Saint Anselm jersey from 2013 through 2016. Hand owns a career goals-against average of 1.55 and has posted 33 wins against only 10 losses in three seasons.
Sophomore Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) opened the scoring only 3:19 into the contest. She would set up the Hawks' second goal of the game, scored by senior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) at 22:23. LaCasse notched her second goal of the game in the 36th minute, putting the Hawks up by a 3-0 margin after tipping home a Kendall Clifford (South Easton, Mass.) pass.
Freshman Maeve Murphy (Scituate, Mass.) scored an unassisted marker at 44:40 before classmate Shelby Dunn (Yarmouthport, Mass.) put home a pass off a penalty corner with less than 10 minutes left in regulation time. Freshman Maggie Malloy (Canton, Mass.) scored off a pass from classmate Joanna Archambault (Andover, Mass.) with under seven minutes to go, creating the final 6-0 margin of victory.
The four aforementioned freshmen each earned their first collegiate points, with Murphy, Dunn and Malloy logging the first goals of their Hawks careers. In total, 15 student-athletes on the Saint Anselm roster have at least one point of offense through only seven games played to date.
Saint Anselm opens the month of October with a 6 p.m. contest against its cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The Penmen recently achieved their first national ranking in the sport of field hockey.