MANCHESTER, N.H. – Zoie Cavotta made a career-high 14 saves for the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team, but third-ranked Le Moyne College scored 11 first-half goals on its way to defeating the Hawks 16-3 on Thursday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.
Nicole Delany scored four of her five goals in the opening half for Le Moyne (9-0, 6-0 NE10), including two in the first 1:23 of the game as the visitors took an early lead and did not look back. Rachel Henderson, Erica Mattila and Marta Versprille tallied goals for Saint Anselm (5-6, 3-4 NE10), with Henderson adding an assist.
In addition to her career-high 14 saves, Cavotta grabbed a team-high four ground balls for Saint Anselm, while Lauren Lockard had three. Emma Palumbo paced the Hawks with three draw controls and Jamie Traverse and Micayla Evans each forced a pair of turnovers.
Delany’s five goals were a game high for Le Moyne, which got four goals and an assist from Sidney Hall and four helpers from Maddie Knapp. Vicki Graveline contributed a goal, an assist, seven ground balls, three draw controls and five caused turnovers for the Dolphins.
Le Moyne got off to a quick start thanks to two goals from Delany in the opening 83 seconds of the game. The Dolphins netted the first three goals of the contest until Henderson got the Hawks on the board 5:01 into the game. The visitors used a pair of 4-0 spurts on either side of a Mattila free-position goal to take an 11-2 lead into the break.
Hall scored three of her four goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to help Le Moyne stretch its lead to 15-2. Henderson set up Versprille for Saint Anselm’s lone goal of the second half with 9:40 remaining before Nicole Easterly finished off the scoring inside the final two minutes.
Le Moyne kept Cavotta busy, outshooting Saint Anselm 33-6 in the game. The Dolphins also controlled 15-of-21 draw controls and committed 11 turnovers, compared to 21 for the Hawks.
Saint Anselm travels to Pace to face the No. 13-ranked Setters on Saturday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m.