St. Anselm Women’s lacrosse Loses Heartbreaker at No. 15 Stonehill

EASTON, Mass. – Elizabeth Vetter scored with two seconds remaining in the second overtime as the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team lost a heartbreaker 9-8 to No. 15 Stonehill on Thursday night at W.B. Mason Stadium.

Vetter’s unassisted goal as time ran down completed her hat trick and gave Stonehill (3-2, 2-1 NE-10) the victory after Saint Anselm (2-2, 1-2 NE-10) erased a 7-2 second-half deficit. Both of the Hawks’ losses this season have come in overtime.

Stonehill dictated play in the first half and took a 6-2 lead into the break after going 6-for-9 on draw controls and 12-for-16 on ground balls in the opening half. Caitlin Sweeney tallied all four of her points, two goals and two assists, on the night in the first 20 minutes for the Skyhawks.

A goal by Linna Jalinskas with 26:47 remaining in the second half put Stonehill up 7-2 but Saint Anselm scored the next five goals to tie the game at 7-7 with 8:11 remaining. Erin Marshall and Cailtin Villareal combined for the five goals. Marshall and Villareal each scored twice in the space of 4:06 to bring the Hawks within one, before Marshall tied it up on a free position shot.

Vetter gave the Skyhawks the lead back with 3:10 to go but Marshall found Michelle Kudlate after a timeout eight seconds later to get the Hawks level again. Saint Anselm had possession at the end of regulation after turnovers by both teams but was unable to score.

The Hawks won the draw to start the first overtime and controlled the ball throughout the three minutes but Stonehill’s defense held firm. Saint Anselm again won the draw control to begin the second extra session but Kaitlyn Hess stopped a Villareal shot midway through the period prior to Vetter’s game-winner.

Marshall and Villareal each had three goals, one assist, two ground balls and two draw controls for the Hawks. Erica Mattila and Kudlate also pitched in with goals, while Jane Bunn stopped six shots in net.

Hess picked up the win by making four saves for Stonehill, which outshot Saint Anselm 23-15 in the game. The hosts also held a 23-10 advantage in ground balls in the game. The Hawks won eight of the last 10 draw controls after halftime and held an 11-8 margin on the night.

Saint Anselm hosts Franklin Pierce in its first home NE-10 game of the season on Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. at Grappone Stadium.