St. Anselm Women’s Lax Looks for Second Straight NE-10 Semifinal Berth at New Haven
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The sixth-seeded and 20th-ranked Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team will travel to take on the third-seeded and fifth-ranked University of New Haven on Wednesday evening (7 p.m.) in a Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinal matchup at Kayo Field.
The Hawks, who have won four of their last five, are making their third straight appearance in the Northeast-10 Championship and will attempt to get back to the semifinal round for the second straight season after doing so with their first NE-10 postseason win ever a year ago.
The team that does make it to the semifinals will meet the winner of Wednesday’s (2 p.m.) No. 7 Assumption College at No. 2 Le Moyne College tilt. The semifinals will take place on Saturday, May 2. The highest remaining seed in the Northeast-10 Championship will host the semifinals and championship game.
Saint Anselm (8-7, 7-6 NE-10) and New Haven (14-2, 11-2 NE-10) met in the regular season back on March 22 when the fourth-ranked Chargers topped the 11th-ranked Hawks, 9-5, in a defensive battle. New Haven leads the all-time series, 11-5, including a win last season in the first ever NE-10 Championship meeting between the two teams – a 15-14 semifinal victory at Adelphi University’s Motamed Field.
Senior Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) is leading the team with 51 points on 35 goals and 16 assists, while junior Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) is right behind with 40 goals and 10 assists for 50 points. Junior Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.; 24-14-38), senior Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.; 23-10-33), senior Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.; 18-13-31) and junior Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.; 15-15-30) all have recorded at least 30 points.
Junior goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John’s, Fla.) and senior Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) have shared time in net this season, with Bunn starting the first 10 games and Ramzi starting the most recent five. Bunn is 4-6 with a 12.54 goals-against average and a .453 save percentage, while Ramzi is 4-1 with a 7.03 GAA and a .531 save percentage.
Bentley Prepares to Battle Stonehill Wednesday in Northeast-10 Quarters
WALTHAM, Mass. – Rivals Bentley and Stonehill are set to go at it Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Northeast-10 Women’s Lacrosse Championship. Bentley (9-4 NE-10) enters as the No. 5 seed, while the Skyhawks (10-3 NE-10) are the No. 4 seed.
Both teams enter the postseason ranked in the top-20 nationally by the IWLCA. Bentley comes in at No. 19, where they have been ranked the last three weeks, while Stonehill is No. 7.
The Falcons are red hot entering Wednesday’s game with six wins in their last seven games. They ended the regular season last week with convincing wins over Franklin Pierce (20-11) and Merrimack (17-3). They had a four game winning streak from March 31-April 11, and the only blemish in the last seven contests was a 15-11 setback to top-10 ranked New Haven.
Stonehill, which defeated Bentley 15-8 in an early season game down in Florida on March 10, knocked off LIU Post 8-7 in a non-conference game to close out the regular season. Prior to that though, the Skyhawks had dropped three of their last four games.
Bentley’s offensive attack in the regular season was led by senior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield), who tallied her 40th goal of the season on Saturday against Merrimack. Behind her, three others netted at least 21 goals; juniors Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and sophomore Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin). Sophomore Taylor Lunden (Agawam, Mass./Agawam), with 16 assists, and Howard with 14 were the team’s top playmakers in the regular season.
Stonehill meanwhile, has been led on offense by a trio of seniors in attackers Brooke Rudden and Cassandra McGill and midfielder Lizzie Lane. Rudden is one of the top playmakers in the NE-10 with 42 assists, while McGill tallied 29 goals and 18 assists and Lane netted 35 goals. Stonehill’s other top offensive threat is sophomore Elizabeth Vetter, with 33 goals.
Both teams feature goalies that have played every minute between the pipes this season. Bentley’s Lauren Ochs (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) is in the top-five of the NE-10 in saves (137) and save percentage (.457), while claiming a 10-5 record. Stonehill’s Ashley Armstrong boasts the fifth best goals against average in the conference at 7.54.
Wednesday’s game will be the 25th all-time meeting between the two schools, which are separated by about 34 miles. It will be the fourth postseason meeting, and first since they played in the 2007 NE-10 championship game.
The winner of Wednesday’s quarterfinal will move on to the semifinals on Saturday to meet either No. 1 seed Adelphi or No. 8 seed Saint Michael’s. The other quarterfinal matchups are No. 2 seed Le Moyne against No. 7 Assumption and No. 3 seed New Haven against No. 6 seed Saint Anselm.