St. Anselm Women’s Lax Runs Win Streak to Six with 14-9 Victory at Assumption
WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomores Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) and Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) each registered five points to lead the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team to a 14-9 win against Assumption College on Wednesday night at Multi-Sport Stadium.
The Hawks win their sixth straight to improve to 6-1 overall, including 3-0 in Northeast-10 play. The Greyhounds dip to 5-4, 2-3 NE-10.
Daly and Doherty each tallied four goals and an assist, while freshman Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) totaled four points on a goal and three helpers. Sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) was also a multiple-point scorer with two goals and an assist.
Kudlate’s free-position goal just 1:48 into the contest gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead before her assist on Daly’s first goal of the night made it 2-1 at the 26:50 mark. After Michelle Santos knotted the game at two, Pickett gave Saint Anselm the lead for good at 3-2 with goal off a feed from Doherty with 16:08 remaining in the opening half.
Pickett added an unassisted tally at 10:58 before Kudlate set up Daly again 1:37 later to expand the lead to 5-2. Amy McNeil’s free-position goal at 6:51 temporarily stopped the bleeding, but the Hawks potted three more goals over the final 3:20 to take an 8-3 lead into the break. Freshman Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) kicked off the run, followed by unassisted scores from Daly at 1:34 and Doherty with just 21 seconds on the clock.
Assumption scored three goals in the first 16-plus minutes of the second half, but Saint Anselm answered after each one. Daly struck for the fourth and final time just 5:10 in off a Pickett pass, while Doherty beat Greyhounds’ goalkeeper Michelle Monahan at the 14:43 mark and again 2:16 later off a Kudlate feed to make it 11-6.
Santos beat freshman goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John’s, Fla.) for the third time on a free position, but the Hawks’ third three-goal barrage of the contest put the game away at 14-7 with just under three minutes left. Doherty scored for the third straight time at 8:39, with Daly getting credit for the assist. Freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.), the reigning Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week, converted a free position chance with 5:40 to go before sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) tacked on an unassisted tally with 2:52 to play.
Free-position goals from Camille Auger and McNeil closed the scoring with 1:37 on the clock.
Bunn, the current Northeast-10 Goalkeeper of the Week, stopped a career-best 11 of 20 shots to improve to 2-1, while Monahan made 13 saves for Assumption.
The Hawks held a slim 32-31 shot advantage, including 20-15 in the opening stanza. Saint Anselm was 2-for-4 on free positions, while the Greyhounds were 6-for-8, including a perfect 5 of 5 in the second half.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. when they take on Franklin Pierce University. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. when they play host to the University of New Haven.
No. 7 Dowling Upends No. 8 Bentley 12-9
WALTHAM, Mass. – No. 8 Bentley University had its four game winning streak snapped by No. 7 Dowling Thursday night, 12-9 in a non-conference women’s lacrosse matchup. Sophomore Jackie Andersen led the Golden Lions with four goals.
After a 3-0 run by Dowling that took just 3:28 gave them a 10-7 lead with 10:14 remaining in the second half, Bentley scored two goals in a row just 45 seconds apart to cut the deficit to 10-9 with 7:08 to play. However, Dowling scored the final two goals of the game to pull away.
Freshman Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) converted on a free-position shot to get the Falcons to within 10-8 at the 7:53 mark. Just 45 ticks later, classmate Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) was successful on another free-position attempt for Bentley to make it 10-9.
But Dowling took an 11-9 lead on a goal by senior attack Nicole Moran with 4:45 remaining, and Andersen scored a man-up goal with 2:48 to go to make the score 12-9.
The Falcons led most of the first half, leading by scores of 2-0, 4-3 and 5-4 at halftime after Howard scored the last goal of the half with 7:47 remaining. Sophomore Amy Ernst (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) led the scoring in the first half with two goals.
Dowling tied the game at 5-5 four minutes into the second half, but Bentley took the lead right back less than two minutes later on a goal by Megan Wiggins (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough), its last lead of the game. Dowling then scored two straight from junior Samantha Stavish and Moran to take a 7-6 lead.
But before Dowling embarked on its 3-0 run, junior Carolyn Kynoch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) knotted the game at seven just past the midway point of the half, with Wiggins assisting on her goal.
The goals during Dowling’s run came from Stavish, midfielder Kelly Cefalu and Andersen.
Bentley drops to 4-2 with the loss, while the Golden Lions improve to 6-1. Bentley is back in action on Saturday when they visit New Haven for a 1:00 pm start.