MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) had a hand in each goal scored by the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team in Saturday's 4-0 blanking of Pace University.
The Hawks, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, improve to 11-1 overall on the season after the team's ninth consecutive Northeast-10 Conference victory to begin the year.
Pace, ranked second in the annual NE10 Preseason Coaches' Poll to begin the year, falls to 1-10 overall and to 1-8 against league foes. For the Hawks, Saturday's result follows last year's season-ending loss to Pace in the First Round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
LaCasse matched the program record with seven points of offense, logging the team's first three goals of the day and assisting on the Hawks fourth marker from senior Emma Bartle (Acton, Mass.). Seniors Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) and Mary Nee (Canton, Mass.) picked up helpers on LaCasse's second and third strikes of the afternoon.
The Hawks defense limited Pace to zero shots through the game's first three quarters and only allowed one total shot in the game. That lone shot was halted by junior Molly Dingley (Manchester, Vt.), who came on in relief of junior Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) who was not forced to stop a shot in the victory.
Saint Anselm fired 29 shots in total, forcing Pace's Grace Henderson to make 15 saves. Henderson yielded four goals on the day and Hannah Wyllie made a defensive save in the losing effort.
The Hawks host Bellarmine in a 1 p.m. contest this Sunday, Oct. 13 at Grappone Stadium.