Smith's Seven Strikes Elevate Saint Anselm Over AIC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Powered by a seven goal outburst by Meghan Smith (Pittsford, N.Y.), Saint Anselm posted a 23-18 victory over the American International Saturday afternoon at Ronald J. Abdow Field. With the victory, Saint Anselm evens their record at 3-3 overall while collecting their first Northeast-10 Conference victory of the season (1-1). The Yellow Jackets fall to 0-3 overall on the season and drop their first NE-10 game of the year (0-1).

Through the first half of action, the Hawks held a 12-7 advantage over the Yellow Jackets. Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) began the scoring at 27:49 of the first half, converting the first of the Hawks six man-up goals on the afternoon. Smith scored the next two goals for Saint Anselm, but the Yellow Jackets answered quickly with three-straight goals to take a 5-3 lead.

A Shawna Walsh (Woburn, Mass.) free position shot at 20:27 sparked an eight goal outburst by Saint Anselm, as Smith and Walsh combined for six of the next eight goals by the Hawks. Midfielders Carrie Brophy (Mansfield, Mass.) and Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) added tallies of their own to increase the lead to 11-5. Two consecutive goals by American International by Ashleigh Szawlowski and Jenna Stone were answered by Smith with only two seconds remaining in the first half, granting Saint Anselm a five goal lead at the half.

Saint Anselm outscored their opponent by an 8-to-2 margin in the first 15:10 of the second half to open up a 20-9 lead. Six different Hawks players combined for the eight goals during that timeframe, as senior Mikaela Ferguson (Hopkinton, Mass.) and freshman Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) each scored two goals while midfielders Lauren Alfis (Hanover, Mass.) and Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) joined both Smith and Doherty on the second half scoresheet.

Following the goal scoring outburst by Saint Anselm to open the second stanza, American International tallied nine goals of their own in the final 12:24 of regulation time. For the Yellow Jackets, sisters Courtney, Ashley and Bridget Szawlowski combined for four of the nine American International goals to end the game. Alex Hudyka finished off a hat trick in the final minutes, potting two goals in just under two minutes. Whitney McKay also potted her first two goals of the season in the waning minutes of the contest.

With six seconds remaining, Doherty capped off her first collegiate hat trick by forcing home a feed from Stazinski with the extra player to round out the scoring on the afternoon. Cumulatively, Smith recorded seven goals to fall just two tallies short of her career-high of nine. Doherty recorded a career-high four points (3-1=4) while Daly and Alfis recorded three points each.

For American International, Courtney Szawlowski led the team with seven points off of three goals and four assists. Ashley Szawlowski and Hudyka contributed three goals and two assists for five points (3-2=5) while Katie Carr chipped in three goals and an assist.

Saint Anselm netminder Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) made 12 saves on 21 shots on net to collect her third victory of the season. Goaltender Katherine Amato (Bedford, N.H.) played the final 14:50 of the contest, making one save on 10 shots on goal. Yellow Jackets goaltender Nicole Sawula allowed 23 goals on 31 shots on net, drawing the loss.

The Hawks return to action Wednesday, Mar. 21 as they face-off against the Skyhawks of Stonehill College in a 4:00 p.m. tilt in Easton, Mass.


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