No. 13 Saint Anselm Runs Past Franklin Pierce

MANCHESTER, N.H. Senior Meghan Smith (Pittsford, N.Y.), junior Britini Hickman (Farmington, N.H.) and freshman Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) each recorded five points as 13th-ranked Saint Anselm recorded a 17-7 victory against Franklin Pierce on "Teal the Field Night" at Grappone Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Hawks win for the fourth time in five games to improve to 7-6 on the season, including 5-4 in Northeast-10 play. The Ravens drop to 5-7, 3-5 NE-10.

Smith recorded four goals and an assist and is now just one goal shy of tying Saint Anselm's single-season goals scored record, as well as 13 points shy of matching the program's all-time points mark. Hickman posted three goals and a pair of assists, while Daly potted a team-leading five goals.

After Courtney Weber gave Franklin Pierce a 1-0 lead just 2:21 into the contest, Daly scored three straight including one at the 22:56 mark that was assisted by Smith and gave the Hawks a 3-1 advantage.

Hickman set up classmate Lauren Alfis (Hanover, Mass.) to make it 4-1 with 20:59 remaining in the opening half before Weber notched her second of the game at 19:21. Daly scored again 23 second later off a feed from classmate Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) and the Hawks held a 5-2 advantage.

Weber made it a two-goal game with 14:38 to go, but the Hawks answered back with six straight tallies. Junior Bryanna Hayes (Mansfield, Mass.) scored her first of the year on a free-position shot with 13:04 to go before Smith buried her first of the day just 36 seconds later.

Daly found the back of the net for the fifth time off a pass from Alfis to make it 8-3 with 11:53 to play. Hickman then made good on a free-position opportunity with 7:43 remaining and added an unassisted tally 1:35 later. Smith tacked on another with a free-position strike and the Hawks led 11-3 with 3:02 to go.

Franklin Pierce inched back into the game with two goals, including one from Weber with two seconds left that made it 11-5 at the break.

Junior Carrie Brophy (Mansfield, Mass.) opened up the second-half scoring by finding the back of the net 3:20 into the stanza. After Ashley Lamagdeleine scored her second of the game with 24:23 remaining, freshman Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) found the back of the net off a Stazinski feed 16 seconds later to set off a run of four straight goals for the Hawks.

Stazinski then handed out a helper on a Smith goal at the 22:20 mark to make it 14-6. Smith added her fourth of the game 55 seconds later off a pass from Hickman before freshman Molly McGaffigan (Groton, Mass.), for whom the game was dedicated to, scored her first career goal off a feed from Alfis and the Hawks led 16-6 with 16:22 to go.

After 12:55 of running time, Megan Raposa scored to make it a nine-goal game. Hickman then closed the scoring by adding a late tally with three seconds to go.

Sophomore goalkeeper Katherine Amato (Bedford, N.H.) played the first half in net and only faced five shots. Freshman Alee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) made three saves in the second half. Jillian Bolduc stopped nine shots for the Ravens.

Saint Anselm outshot Franklin Pierce, 38-19, including 26-8 in the opening period, and also held a 17-8 advantage in draw controls. The Hawks were 4 for 9 on their free-position opportunities, while the Ravens were 0 for 2.

The Hawks held the "Teal the Field" event to support the "Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer" organization and to raise ovarian cancer awareness. The team donned warm-up gear that was teal, the nationally-recognized ribbon color for awareness and support of ovarian cancer, and also sold ribbons, bracelets and sweatbands to support the organization. The game was dedicated to McGaffigan, who had a 10-pound, foot-long tumor removed three years ago and has received tremendous support from "Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer."

The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. when they play host to Southern Connecticut State University at Grappone.


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