ALBANY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team was handed a 5-0 loss on Tuesday, falling to the College of Saint Rose in the quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 Conference postseason.
Earning a trip to the NE10 playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season, the fifth-seeded Hawks fall to 9-7-1 overall after sprinting out to a historic 9-4-1 record against conference opponents. Prior to this season, Saint Anselm had never won more than eight games versus league foes during the regular season.
Regionally-ranked Saint Rose (13-3-3), entering play as the tournament's fourth seed, scored only 2:13 into regulation time as Nina Predanic scored her league-leading 13th goal of the season off an assist from Morgan Burchhardt. Julianne Johnston tacked on two additional goals before the first half was one, lifting the hosts to a 3-0 lead at the break.
The Hawks began the first half strong, firing the game's first two shots, but Saint Rose recovered to lead Saint Anselm, 9-5, in shots through the first 45 minutes.
Johnston capped off the hat trick with a penalty kick goal in the game's 67th minute before Caitlyn Dabagian posted an unassisted goal at 69:24 to round out the scoring. In total, Saint Rose held a 17-10 edge in shots taken and was awarded 11 of the game's 16 corner kicks.
Hawks netminder Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) yielded four goals on six shots, drawing the loss. Senior Elise Bouchard (Huntingtown, Md.) relieved Wildrick in the game's 69th minute and allowed the Dabagian goal shortly after coming into the game. Marika Laurendeau made seven saves in the shutout victory for the Golden Knights.
Saint Anselm, who was ranked 10th in the East Region as recently as Oct. 18, will await word of an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The selection show is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.