MANCHESTER, N.H. – The third-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team shut down the host Penmen from Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday at Larkin Field, recording a 2-0 victory in what is the team's eighth consecutive shutout win.
Saint Anselm, ranked third in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, improves to 8-0 and has yet to allow a goal all season, running the team's goal differential to 30-0. The Hawks remain the only NCAA field hockey program across all divisions that has not yielded a goal against.
Southern New Hampshire, ranked ninth in the country, has lost two straight to fall to 6-3 (4-2 NE10). The Penmen remain in search of their first victory over Saint Anselm (0-10) since becoming a varsity program in 2014.
The victors earned two points in the Queen City Cup, a measure of athletics success between Saint Anselm and Southern New Hampshire. The Hawks now lead by a 3-2 score through the first three athletics events of the 2019-20 academic year.
Southern New Hampshire opened the first quarter of action with a 3-2 advantage in shots taken, but the Hawks scored only 34 seconds into the second stanza. Sophomore Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.), the reigning NE10 Player of the Week, tallied her seventh goal of the season off a feed from senior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) to create a 1-0 advantage.
The Penmen, who trailed by one goal at the break, fired three shots down the stretch, taking a 6-3 shot edge into the locker room.
After a scoreless third quarter, senior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) used her fourth goal of the season to add insurance late in the game. Off a corner, Friend was able to beat Southern New Hampshire netminder Melanie Rennie for her 31st career goal, extending her program record in the process.
Hawks goaltender Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) made four saves, partnering with a stout Saint Anselm defense to record the team's eighth shutout of the season. Rennie played 59:22 before being pulled for the extra field player – she finished her night allowing two goals on five shots.
Saint Anselm hosts American International on Saturday, Oct. 5 and will look to keep the team's stretch of 496:24 shutout minutes that dates back to last season intact. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.