WORCESTER, Mass. – Rachel Henderson scored a career-high six goals but the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team’s late rally fell short in a 17-14 road setback to Assumption College on Wednesday evening at Multi-Sport Stadium.
Saint Anselm (6-10, 4-8 NE10) trailed Assumption (8-7, 6-6 NE10) by four, 14-10, with 16:04 left in the second half before scoring three-straight goals to get within one with 6:14 to go. However, the Greyhounds scored the next two goals to go back up by three with 3:21 remaining and held on to pick up the win.
Henderson led all scorers on the night with six goals, matching the most by a Saint Anselm player in a game this season. Erica Mattila also had a big night offensively, tallying four goals and one assist. Breda Holland and Meaghan Sheehy each recorded a goal and an assist, with Sheehy’s two points giving her 64 for the season, the seventh-most in program history.
Holland added three ground balls and three caused turnovers, both game-highs, to her two points for the Hawks, while Lauren Lockard and Emma Palumbo each scooped up two ground balls. Mattila’s six draw controls in the game moved her into seventh in single-season program history with 51 this season. Zoie Cavotta made three saves in net.
Five different players netted hat tricks for Assumption, led by three goals and three assists from Sarah Reilly. Jenny Bush and Caitlin Graves each recorded three goals and one assist, while Callie Dwyer and Jan McDonald netted three goals apiece. Amanda Burns had one goal, three assists and 11 draw controls for the Greyhounds, who also got 11 saves from Jaclyn Chirco.
After Henderson opened the scoring inside the first minute, Assumption scored four-straight goals to take a 4-1 lead after six-plus minutes. Saint Anselm responded with a 4-0 run of its own, including three goals from Henderson, to go up 5-4 midway through the first half. The Greyhounds finished the half by scoring six of the final nine goals to take a 10-8 advantage at the break.
Sheehy brought the Hawks within one just 23 seconds into the second half only for Assumption to grab the next three goals to take its largest lead of the game at 13-9 with 17:51 to go. Down four, Saint Anselm closed to within one, 14-13, with 6:14 to play with a 4-1 run. Graves pushed the Greyhounds’ lead back to two 36 seconds after Mattila brought the Hawks within a goal and Dwyer made it a three-goal game with 3:21 to go to help Assumption seal the win.
The Greyhounds used a 19-14 advantage in draw controls, including 11-3 in the second half, to help overcome 16 turnovers, while the Hawks committed just 11 turnovers in the game. Saint Anselm outshot Assumption 30-26, while the hosts enjoyed a slight 13-12 edge in ground balls.
Saint Anselm concludes its season by traveling to third-ranked Adelphi on Saturday, April 29 for a 1 p.m. contest.