MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team had lots to celebrate on Saturday thanks to a 6-0 victory over visiting Saint Thomas Aquinas College at Grappone Stadium.
Saint Anselm, the fourth-ranked team in NCAA Division II according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, locked up the Northeast-10 Conference's Regular Season Championship after moving to 13-1 against league foes. The Hawks, who also celebrated Senior Day on Saturday, have won the league's regular season title in three of the last four seasons, improving to 16-2 overall this year.
Locking down the top seed in the upcoming NE10 postseason, the Hawks are slated to take on the eighth-seeded Ravens from Franklin Pierce University. The teams will battle under the lights this Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. on the Hilltop. More information about the game, including a comprehensive preview, will be released in the coming days.
Senior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) finished the day with two goals and an assist for five points (2-1=5), becoming the first student-athlete in team history to reach 100 career points (37-26=100).
With the help of shutouts in each of her team's 16 victories in 2019, Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille won the 100th game of her Hawks career on Saturday. With a 100-53 career record at the helm of the Hawks field hockey program since her hire in 2012, King-Robitaille ranks fourth among active coaches in career winning percentage (.654).
Since the start of the 2015 season, King-Robitaille has guided Saint Anselm to a dominant 80-21 record (.792). Her teams had qualified for three consecutive NCAA Division II postseason appearances entering this season.
Last year, King-Robitaille was the recipient of the prestigious National Coach Award, presented by USA Field Hockey, in recognition of her dedication to the sport and her tireless efforts to make her student-athletes, fellow coaches and the field hockey community better. She is also an active member of the NFHCA, USA Field Hockey and holds a spot on the NCAA Field Hockey Regional Advisory Committee.
Friend tallied the the game's two first-half goals with help from classmate Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.) on the opening tally. Friend's first goal came only 54 seconds into regulation time as the Hawks never looked back.
Senior Michelle Lemelin (Windham, Maine) struck only 6:36 into the second half and classmate Emma Bartle (Acton, Mass.) followed less than a minute later with an assist to Friend, upping the Hawks lead to 4-0. Bartle set a career-high mark with her third goal of the season.
Freshman Maeve Murphy (Scituate, Mass.) scored at 41:40 off a feed by junior Ericka Meissner (Falmouth, Mass.) and junior Hannah Potter (Harwichport, Mass.) rounded out the scoring at 43:26, batting the ball out of the air for her team's sixth tally.
Saint Anselm enjoyed a 20-to-6 shots advantage and were issued eight of the game's 12 penalty corners.
Junior Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) made four saves for the Hawks in goal, earning the shutout victory. Suzanne Clarke and Jessie Hohenstein logged eight saves for the Spartans with Clarke yielding six goals on 13 shots. Hohenstein made one save in the fourth quarter.