MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team was stunned by the visiting Lions from Lindenwood University on Sunday, yielding three unanswered goals to fall by a 3-1 margin at Grappone Stadium.
Saint Anselm, ranked third in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, falls to 9-1 with its first loss of the year. The Hawks also allowed their first goals of 2019 after previously logging a shutout streak that spanned their first nine games and more than 559 minutes of game play.
Lindenwood, based out of St. Charles, Mo., moves to 5-3 overall on the year following the upset victory. Saint Anselm has only lost two games at home in the past two seasons and still enjoys a 43-6 record at home since the start of the 2015 campaign.
Saint Anselm controlled the first quarter of play, opening up a 1-0 lead on Lindenwood after only 2:10 of game play. Senior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, maine) put home her 20th career goal off a pass from senior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) as the Hawks outshot the visitors by a 6-0 margin in the first 15 minutes of game play.
Lindenwood took control of the contest shortly thereafter as a long-range pass from Mary Clare Banholzer found the stick of Bridget Hoogendijk, who beat Hawks backstop Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) for her first goal allowed on the season.
After a high stick infraction within the circle, Lindenwood was awarded a penalty stroke in the game's 31st minute. After a huge stop on a penalty stroke in Saturday's game against American International, the Lions' Pauline Terwindt did not miss her chance to create a 2-1 lead for her team.
The Lions struck once again in the third quarter as Allie Hosto forced home a pass from Jessie Londono to up their lead to 3-1 with under 20 minutes to go.
The Hawks were unable to generate many quality scoring chances down the stretch, despite outshooting Lindenwood by an 11-to-5 margin for the game and taking seven of the game's 10 penalty corners.
Hand drew the loss, allowing goals on both shots that she faced. Junior Molly Dingley (Manchester, Vt.) played the majority of the second half, coming out only on the Lindenwood penalty stroke that came 48 seconds into the second half.
Mackenzie Litterst earned the win for Lindenwood, making three saves on four shots.
Saint Anselm will look to remain undefeated in Northeast-10 Conference play as it resumes Wednesday, Oct. 9 at nationally-ranked Stonehill. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m.