NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The fifth-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team posted a 5-0 shutout victory at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday.
The Hawks improve to 14-2 overall on the season and to 11-1 against Northeast-10 Conference foes – With its 14th shutout of the season, Saint Anselm remains the only team with one league loss to date and sees itself atop the 15-team conference standings. The Owls fall to 1-14 overall and to 1-11 in the league with the defeat.
Sophomore Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) put the Hawks ahead only 4:23 into the contest, tapping home a shot that was initially saved by Brianna Craft of Southern Connecticut State. With her 12th goal of the season, she moves into ninth place on the all-time career point scorers list despite playing in only her second year on the Hilltop.
With only 26 seconds left in the first quarter, Ericka Meissner (Falmouth, Mass.) put home the first of her two goals on the afternoon, upping the Hawks lead to 2-0 off an assist from junior Emily Bevens (Pelham, N.H.). She added her second tally of the game with only two seconds left in the third quarter, increasing the Saint Anselm lead to 3-0.
Senior Michelle Lemelin (Windham, Maine) scored less than two minutes later, set up by classmate Mary Nee (Canton, Mass.), with freshman Maeve Murphy (Scituate, Mass.) rounding out the goal scorers for the Hawks with under three minutes to go in regulation. Lemelin moves to sixth all-time in career point scoring with 22 goals and 10 assists for 54 points (22-10=54) to her credit.
Junior Molly Dingley (Manchester, Vt.) earned her first career shutout, making one save as the Owls only placed one of their three shots on goal. Facing 25 total shots on the day, Craft drew the loss, making 12 saves on 17 shots that were placed on target.
The Hawks had 12 of the game's 13 penalty corners on the way to victory.
Saint Anselm heads to Franklin Pierce on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. The Hawks will honor their graduating senior student-athletes on Saturday, Nov. 2, rounding out the regular season with Senior Day at home with a 1 p.m. game start time.