MANCHESTER, N.H. – The fourth-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team posted its 12th shutout of the 2019 on Sunday, extending the program record with a 2-0 blanking of the Knights from Bellarmine University at Grappone Stadium.
Saint Anselm, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, improves to 12-1 on the season. The Hawks have yielded only two shots in the last two games, one against Pace on Saturday and one again versus the Knights, who fall to 7-3 on the season.
Outside of a non-league loss to Lindenwood (Mo.) last week, the Hawks have scored 42 goals across the team's 12 shutouts, giving up only 32 shots while taking 209 of their own. Saint Anselm also improves to 45-6 when playing at Grappone Stadium since the start of the 2015 campaign.
In the last four games, the Hawks have allowed only six shot attempts across 240 minutes of play.
With the teams tied at halftime, senior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) picked the pocket of Bellarmine's Jillian Fazio and carried the ball toward goal. Turning defense into offense, Lemelin shot across her body and tucked the ball inside the left post for her team's first tally of the day.
In heavy crease traffic, junior Hannah Potter (Harwichport, Mass.) had an initial shot stopped by Bellarmine's Heather Gregory, but she was able to force the rebound past the Knights backstop for the goal with 2:28 left in the third quarter.
Junior netminder Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) was forced to make one save in the first quarter as a stellar Hawks defense did not allow another shot attempt throughout regulation. Gregory drew the loss for Bellarmine, making nine saves on 11 shots, with Breanna McWhorter halting five shots in the fourth quarter.
Saint Anselm plays three of its next four games away from the Hilltop, starting with a trip to Assumption this Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.