Mattila, Palumbo guide women’s lacrosse past Merrimack
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Midfielders Emma Palumbo and Erica Mattila combined to score nine goals and all seven attackers scored as the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team topped Merrimack 19-13 in Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.
The 19 goals were a season-high for Saint Anselm (6-7, 4-5 NE10) as the Hawks bounced back from a pair of losses to top-15 teams last week. Merrimack (3-9, 1-7 NE10) led 5-4 past the midway point of the first half before Saint Anselm closed the half on an 8-3 run that gave the Hawks the lead for good.
Mattila led the Hawks with a game-high six points on five goals and one assist, while Palumbo added four goals. Meaghan Sheehy and Rachel Henderson each recorded hat tricks, with Sheehy also providing an assist. Madison Shea chipped in with two goals and Marta Versprille had a goal and an assist.
Saint Anselm enjoyed a 23-10 advantage in draw controls, led by eight from Palumbo and four from Mattila. Palumbo and Liv Connly each forced a pair of turnovers defensively for the Hawks. Zoie Cavotta picked up her fifth win of the season with three saves in net.
Merrimack’s Olivia Colletti scored a team-high four goals, while Amber Feminella notched three goals and one assist. Kyra Schwartzman scored three times and Annette Ruggiero added two goals and one assist. Lauren Trepaney took the loss while making nine saves for the Warriors.
The Warriors held three one-goal leads in the early stages, including a 5-4 advantage with 12:58 remaining in the first half, despite three goals from Mattila inside the first five minutes. Trailing by one, Palumbo and Mattila each scored back-to-back goals in a 4-0 run to put the Hawks up 8-5. Henderson tallied two goals in the final 2:45 to help Saint Anselm to a 12-8 lead after a high-scoring first half.
Merrimack scored the first two goals of the second half to quickly get within two, 12-10. Saint Anselm answered by scoring four of the next five goals with Breda Holland, Henderson, Sheehy and Versprille finding the back of the next to give the Hawks a 16-11 advantage as the Hawks cruised to the win down the stretch.
The 23-10 advantage in draw controls helped Saint Anselm outshoot Merrimack 33-16 in the game. The Hawks also picked up one more ground ball (17) than Merrimack (16) and were 6-for-10 on free-position shots on the afternoon.
Saint Anselm travels to Saint Michael’s on Tuesday, April 18 for a 3 p.m. game before returning home for Senior Day on Saturday, April 22. The April 22 game against New Haven will also be the team’s annual Teal The Field game.
No. 17 Stonehill Hangs on for 7-6 Win over Bentley in Defensive Struggle
EASTON, Mass. – Stonehill scored the final two goals of the game, and neither team scored over the final nine-plus minutes, as the Skyhawks edged Bentley 7-6 on Wednesday night in a Northeast-10 women’s lacrosse game.
The two rivals were playing for the first time since last season’s quarterfinal game in the NE10 playoffs, which Bentley won in the final seconds 9-8.
A 3-0 Bentley run in the middle part of the second half gave them a 6-5 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining. Senior Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) scored an unassisted goal at 20:19 to cut Stonehill’s lead to 5-4. The Skyhawks were then given a yellow card at the 18:35 mark to give the Falcons a man-advantage, and they took advantage with a goal from senior attacker Ciara Morley (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) to tie the game 5-5 at 18:01.
Exactly five minutes later, junior Carolyn Cruise (East Greenwich, R.I./East Greenwich) netted an unassisted goal to give Bentley its first lead of the night at 6-5.
However, the lead lasted just 35 seconds as the Skyhawks tied it with a goal from attacker Shannon Booth. Stonehill then went ahead 7-6 with a free-position goal from Taylor Shannahan at 9:23. That was the final goal of the night.
A low-scoring first half saw Stonehill lead 3-2 at halftime. The Bentley goals came from seniors Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin) and Taylor Lunden (Agawam, Mass./Agawam).
Falcons goalie Lauren Ochs (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) made nine saves. Stonehill had a 16-13 edge in shots on goal.
Junior Kathleen Gillespie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) had a game-high four caused turnovers for Bentley.
The Falcons, now 3-5 in the NE10, are back in action on Saturday at Southern New Hampshire.