No. 15 Saint Anselm Falls at No. 7 Stonehill

EASTON, Mass. Senior Meghan Smith (Pittsford, N.Y.) scored six goals, but Saint Anselm College dropped a 22-16 decision at Stonehill College on Wednesday afternoon at W.B Mason Stadium.

Playing in their first ever game with a national ranking, the Hawks fell to 3-4 on the season, including 1-2 in Northeast-10 play. The Skyhawks, meanwhile, improve to 3-1, 1-0 NE-10.

Stonehill jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two goals from Heather Sullivan before Smith put the Hawks on the board 5:10 into the contest. The Skyhawks reeled off four straight and held a commanding 7-1 lead with 21:26 remaining in the opening half.

The Hawks would not go away, however, as junior Britini Hickman (Farmington, N.H.) found the back of the net off a feed from freshman Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) just over a minute later to make it 7-2.

Hickman then returned the favor as she set up freshman Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) at the 17:25 mark to cut the deficit to four. Stazinski added an unassisted tally 43 seconds later to slice the Stonehill lead to 7-4.

Daly then scored a goal of her own off a pass from junior Lauren Alfis (Hanover, Mass.) and the Hawks were within two with 16:00 left. Smith potted her second of the game at the 13:53 mark and then converted a free-position chance 30 seconds later to knot the game at seven-all.

Daly then added unassisted tallies at 11:18 and 9:02 and Saint Anselm pulled out to a 9-7 lead.

Stonehill answered just over three minutes later with Kayla Green's second of the game. Samantha Lynott then scored 21 seconds later to tie the game before finding the back of the net again 15 seconds after that to make it 10-9. Sullivan also scored back-to-back goals 31 seconds apart, including one off a feed from Lynott that made it 12-9 with 3:01 to go.

Green scored again with 2:33 left in the half and Sullivan added her sixth of the period 29 seconds later to close the scoring and send Stonehill into the locker room with a 14-9 advantage.

Stonehill kept it going in the second half as Kelsey Reilly scored just 16 seconds into the stanza and then found the back of the net again 44 seconds later off a feed from Green to extend the lead to 16-9.

The Skyhawks added two more to make it 18-9 less than two minutes into the second half before Smith snapped the 11-goal run at the 17:53 mark. Stonehill then led 20-10 when Stazinski netted free-position goals at 13:03 and 12:27 to cut it to 20-12.

After a Sarah Galligan goal 27 seconds later, Smith scored with 9:26 left before Sullivan found the back of the net nearly two minutes later off a feed from Reilly to make it 22-13.

Smith potted another free-position goal at the 6:32 mark before Hickman's unassisted tally with 4:03 remaining trimmed the deficit to 22-15. Stazinski then set up Daly with 18 seconds left to close the scoring and cut the final margin to six.

Freshman Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) stopped six shots. Stonehill goalkeeper Ashley Armstrong made two saves in the first 20:58 of action, while Rebecca Moore relieved her and stopped six shots in the final 39:02.

Saint Anselm outshot Stonehill, 34-32, including 18-12 in the second half. The Skyhawks, however, held a 27-13 advantage in draw controls, including 17-7 in the first half. The Hawks were 4 for 10 on their free-position tries, while Stonehill was 3 for 6.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. when they play host to second-ranked Adelphi University at Grappone Stadium.

2012-03-21



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