WORCESTER, Mass. – The fourth-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team was tripped up by eighth-ranked Assumption College on Wednesday at Multi-Sport Stadium, falling by a 1-0 margin on a late penalty corner goal.
Saint Anselm, ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II, drops to 12-2 overall on the season after losing only its first Northeast-10 Conference contest (9-1). Assumption (13-2, 9-2 NE10), the eighth-ranked team in the country, overwhelmed the Hawks with 14 of the game's 17 shots en route to the victory.
On the 12th penalty corner of the day for Assumption, the hosts cashed in with the go-ahead goal by Summer Walsh with only 1:39 left in regulation time. From the top of the arc, the ball found its way into space in front of the goal mouth. Walsh was able to knock the ball high over Hawks backstop Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) for Saint Anselm's first goal allowed on the season in NE10 play.
Assumption had the chance to take an early 1-0 lead with 4:18 expired in the first quarter, but Jenna Graf, who earned the assist on Walsh's game-winner, hit the post. Through the first half, the Hawks did not have a shot on goal as the Greyhounds sprinted out to the 5-0 advantage in shots taken.
Saint Anselm was awarded penalty corners in the third and fourth quarter, but the Greyhounds were able to sidestep any trouble. Senior Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) led Saint Anselm with two shots, placing her team's lone shot on goal.
Hand posted only her second loss of the 2019 season, tying her season-high mark with four saves. Kylie Gargiulo faced only one shot on net for Assumption, moving to 8-2 overall on the year.
With four regular-season games left, Saint Anselm and Adelphi remain the only teams in the NE10 with one loss in league play. The Hawks will return to action Wednesday, Oct. 23, hosting Mercy (N.Y.) at 7 p.m. under the lights at Grappone Stadium.