Women’s Lax Clinches NE-10 Championship Berth with 18-6 Win at So. Conn.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) tallied a game-high five points to lead the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team to an 18-6 victory against Southern Connecticut State University on Friday evening at Jess Dow Field that cemented its first Northeast-10 Championship berth since 2006.
The Hawks post their first double-digit win season in program history as they improve to 10-6 overall and 7-5 in Northeast-10 play. The Owls finish their season at 3-13, 1-11 NE-10. Saint Anselm, which has earned the sixth seed in next week’s tournament, will make its fifth NE-10 Championship appearance and the first in seven years when it travels to take on third-seeded Stonehill College on Wednesday, May 1 at W.B. Mason Stadium. The Hawks will be looking for their first ever NE-10 Championship win.
Sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) pushed the Hawks out to a 1-0 lead against the Owls just 24 seconds into the contest before Daly scored off a feed from freshman Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) to double the lead. Daly then set up freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Doherty potted her second goal to make it 4-0 at the 24:03 mark.
Sarah Muise scored twice within a 27-second span, but Saint Anselm responded with seven straight goals that opened up a commanding lead. Villareal found the back of the net off a Doherty pass, while free-position tallies from Marshall and sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) widened the gap to 7-2 with 16:47 remaining in the opening half.
Freshman Katie McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) kept the stretch rolling with an unassisted score at 15:57 and Marshall grabbed a pass from Doherty and beat Southern Connecticut goalkeeper Nora Anderson 45 seconds later to give the Hawks a seven-goal advantage.
Daly and fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) added two more tallies 30 seconds apart to run the score to 11-2 with 13:12 left. Katie Walter’s free-position goal snapped the run at 9:26, but scores from Villareal, Pickett and McKenna sent the Hawks into the break with a 14-3 lead.
McKenna opened the second-half scoring with her career-best third goal of the game and Stazinski followed by converting a free-position chance that made it 16-3 with 24:33 to go. Muise answered with two straight, but Daly wiped that out with two more goals, including one off a pass from sophomore Molly McGaffigan (Groton, Mass.) that expanded the lead to 18-5 with 7:50 left. The Owls would close the scoring with a goal at 5:08.
Sophomore goalkeeper Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) made eight saves, while Anderson stopped six shots.
Saint Anselm held a 31-20 advantage in shots, including 20-8 in the first stanza. The Hawks also held a narrow 14-12 edge in draw controls. They were 3-for-5 on free positions, while the Owls were 2-for-4.
The Hawks will look to avenge their 16-15 loss at home to Stonehill on April 23 when they take on the Skyhawks in the first round of the Northeast-10 Championship on Wednesday, May 1.
Men’s Lax Earns NE-10 Championship Bid With 9-4 Victory Over Saint Rose
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.) registered a game-high four points, senior goalkeeper Jonathon O’Reilly (Plano, Texas) stopped 16 shots and the offense closed out the game with eight unanswered goals to lift the Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team past the College of Saint Rose, 9-4, Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium on Senior Day. The win clinches the Hawks’ second straight Northeast-10 Championship berth.
The Hawks win for the third time in five contests to improve to 5-9 on the season, including 5-6 in Northeast-10 play, while the Golden Knights drop to 4-11, 4-7 NE-10. Saint Anselm has earned the sixth seed in next week’s tournament and will hit the road to take on third-seeded Le Moyne College on Tuesday, April 30 at 1 p.m.
After John Zullo staked Saint Rose to a 1-0 lead 1:33 into the first quarter, freshman Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) tied things up with 10:33 to go, but 32 seconds later the Golden Knights received a goal from Kevin Fleming that set off a run of three straight that gave them a 4-1 advantage heading into the second.
Warren struck again just 50 seconds into second frame to set the tone for the remainder of the day. Mallinson then grabbed the torch from Warren and helped continue the comeback as he set up goals from classmate Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) and sophomore Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.), before ripping a shot past Saint Rose goalkeeper Nick Longo that gave the Hawks a 5-4 lead with 4:46 remaining before the half.
It remained a one-goal contest for the next 14-plus minutes before junior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) broke the ice off a feed from Mee with 5:42 left in the third. Mallinson found the back of the net off a Warren pass with 2:40 to go before junior Tom Gardner (Salem, N.H.) found sophomore Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) 1:20 later to make it 8-4 after three quarters of play.
Mee connected on a pass to Messner for the second time as the Hawks potted the lone goal of the fourth quarter.
O’Reilly’s 16 saves were four shy of his career high. Longo stopped 12 of 20 shots in 55:27 of action, while Jeff Calles only faced one shot and did not record a save in 4:33 of play.
Saint Anselm outshot Saint Rose, 45-30, including 17-4 in the third stanza, and also won 10 of the game’s 17 faceoffs. The Hawks were 3-for-4 on their extra-man opportunities, while they held the Golden Knights to 0-for-2.
Seniors O’Reilly, James Brine (Burlington, Mass.), Daniel Sullivan (Rumford, R.I.), Ryan McQuaid (Scarborough, Maine) and Kyle Murphy (Middletown, R.I.) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the game.