#13 Hawks Outgun Assumption as Smith Sets Record

MANCHESTER, N.H. Senior Meghan Smith (Pittsford, N.Y.) matched her career high with nine points and became the program's all-time leader in goals scored as 13th-ranked Saint Anselm captured a 19-12 victory against Assumption on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

The Hawks even their record at 5-5 on the season, including 3-3 in Northeast-10 play, while the Greyhounds drop to 2-6, 1-4 NE-10.

Smith set a career high with three assists and also scored six goals, including the 179th of her career, which moved her past Lauren Glancy '07 for first place on Saint Anselm's all-time goals scored list.

Saint Anselm kicked off the scoring just 1:34 in when Smith set up junior Carrie Brophy (Mansfield, Mass.) to make it 1-0. Assumption's Amy McNeil tied the game 46 seconds later before the Hawks scored four straight.

Freshman Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead 3:50 into the contest before Smith tied the all-time goals scored record with 24:32 remaining in the opening half. Freshman Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) found the back of the net 55 seconds later and then potted another off a feed from Smith just 30 seconds after that to make it 5-1.

After Camille Auger made it 5-2 exactly 8:00 in, Smith captured the record at the 21:42 mark and the Hawks led it, 6-2. McNeil tallied her second of the game with 17:47 left, but Smith answered just 23 seconds later to keep it a four-goal game.

Michelle Santos found the back of the net 19 seconds later before McNeil sliced it to 7-5 at the 15:26 mark. Smith set up Daly again just 12 seconds later before Steph O'Rourke's free-position goal kept Assumption within a pair at 8-6 with 14:14 on the clock.

Junior Lauren Alfis Hanover, Mass.) made it a three-goal game with 12:29 to play before the half and then freshman Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored off a feed from junior Britini Hickman (Farmington, N.H.) 41 seconds later to make it 10-6. Hickman would then notch a goal of her own with an assist from Daly and the Hawks led, 11-6, with 6:22 to go.

Santos found the back of the net 38 seconds later, but Smith offset it at the 3:28 mark. McNeil closed the first-half scoring with 1:26 left and Saint Anselm went into the break with a 12-8 advantage.

After scoring the first goal of the game, Brophy netted the first of the second half, as well, scoring 2:45 in. Hickman then scored two straight, with the second coming off a Doherty assist, to make it 15-8 with 23:21 remaining.

O'Rourke stopped the bleeding at the 22:35 mark, but Smith answered at 19:42 to make it 16-9. McNeil then found the back of the net 17 seconds later, but Smith again answered with a free-position goal at 16:18. McNeil trimmed it to 17-11 with 10:07 left, but Daly's free-position goal and Alfis' unassisted tally made it 19-11 with 3:19 left. McNeil closed the scoring with 1:55 left with an unassisted goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Katherine Amato (Bedford, N.H.) made a career-high 15 saves, including 11 in the second half, while Michelle Monahan stopped eight shots.

Saint Anselm outshot Assumption, 36-33, including 22-15 in the opening half. The Hawks were 2 for 5 on free-position chances, while the Greyhounds were 2 for 9.

The Hawks return to action Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. when they play host to Saint Michael's College under the lights at Grappone Stadium.

2012-03-31



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