Friend's hat trick lifts No. 5 field hockey past Mercy (N.Y.), 4-0

Friend's hat trick lifts No. 5 field hockey past Mercy (N.Y.), 4-0

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) of the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team recorded the sixth hat trick of her career, helping the Hawks blank Mercy (N.Y.) College on Wednesday at Grappone Stadium.

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The Hawks, fueled by a midfield and defense that conceded only one shot on goal, improve to 13-2 overall on the season, winning their 10th game in Northeast-10 Conference play. Mercy falls to 3-9 overall and to 3-8 against NE10 foes.

Friend put the Hawks ahead only 1:16 into the contest, collecting a failed clearance attempt by the Mercy defense and firing the ball inside the far post for what proved to be the game-winning goal. She scored in the game's 18th minute, creating a 2-0 advantage with a "five-hole" goal off an assist from senior Mary Nee (Canton, Mass.).

Ahead by two goals for a large portion of the contest, Friend capped off the hat trick at 48:55 after taking a Michelle Lemelin (Chelsea, Maine) pass around the reach of Mercy backstop Lauren Viscione. Friend stands as the team's all-time leader in point scoring (95), goals (35) and assists (25).

Sophomore Emilie Martin (Yarmouth, Maine) rounded out the Saint Anselm scoring with 1:58 to go in regulation time – freshman Maggie Malloy (Canton, Mass.) picked up her first collegiate assist on the play. Freshman Joanna Archambault (Andover, Mass.) started the scoring play, corralling a loose ball and pushing a pass up to Molloy.

Junior goaltender Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) made one save on the evening. Viscione finished up with 11 saves for the Mavericks in a losing effort. Saint Anselm filled the stat sheet with 30 of the game's 32 shots taken and were awarded 10 penalty corners.

The Hawks head to Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday, Oct. 26 for a 1 p.m. showdown with the Owls.