No. 13 Saint Anselm Outguns Southern Connecticut

MANCHESTER, N.H. Senior Meghan Smith (Pittsford, N.Y.) notched five points and broke the program's record for goals in a season as Saint Anselm recorded a 21-12 victory against Southern Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

The Hawks win for the fifth time in six games to improve to 8-6 on the season, including 6-4 in Northeast-10 play. The Owls drop to 1-15, 0-12 NE-10.

Smith, who earned the Saint Anselm all-time goals scored record last month, broke Michaela Rocha's 2009 record of 57 goals with her second tally of the afternoon.

Saint Anselm grabbed a 1-0 lead just 18 seconds into the contest when freshman Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) found the back of the net off a feed from senior Shawna Walsh (Woburn, Mass.). After Emily Orser tied it for the Owls 2:06 in, junior Carrie Brophy (Mansfield, Mass.) scored nine seconds later to set off a string of seven straight goals from the Hawks.

Smith matched the record on a free-position shot with 26:12 remaining to give Saint Anselm a 3-1 cushion. Junior Britini Hickman (Farmington, N.H.) set up Daly's second tally of the day at the 23:47 mark before Smith became the program's single-season goals-scored record holder with an unassisted goal at the 20:19 mark.

Freshman Sarah Doherty (N. Attleboro, Mass.) made it 6-1 with 18:31 to go, while Hickman set up Smith 1:22 later to open the margin to six goals. Senior Mikaela Ferguson (Hopkinton, Mass.) closed the run by finding the back of the net off a feed from freshman Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) and the Hawks held an 8-1 advantage with 15:57 remaining.

Goals by Emily Tooker and Elaina Heiple sliced Southern Connecticut's deficit to 8-3 with 10:26 to play in the opening half. Freshman Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) extended the Hawks' lead to 9-3 when she scored off a pass from junior Lauren Alfis (Hanover, Mass.) at the 8:22 mark.

Heiple and Jessica Shaw converted free-position shots to cut it 9-5 with 6:34 left. Smith then buried her 60th of the season with 5:32 on the clock before Doherty scored exactly two minutes later to make it 11-5.

Another Heiple free-position goal 18 seconds later, followed by Emily Horan's free-position goal with 1:00 left made it 11-7. Stazinski added an unassisted tally 12 seconds later before Alfis closed the first-half scoring off a Smith feed with 10 seconds left to send the Hawks into the break with a 13-7 advantage.

The Hawks opened up the second half with three straight goals. Walsh set up Brophy 1:53 in to kick off the scoring before Pickett put in an unassisted tally and Walsh scored her own goal off a Hickman pass to open the lead to 16-7 with 23:38 left.

After Heiple stopped the run with an unassisted goal at the 22:57 mark, sophomore Sarah Paladino (No. Reading, Mass.) converted a free-position chance for her first goal of the season to make it 17-8 with 21:36 remaining. Senior Brie Haseotes (No. Attleboro, Mass.) then added her second of the season off a Stazinski assist and it was a 10-goal game with 18:38 to go.

Shaw and Orser scored to cut it to 18-10 with 9:52 left before Daly added her third of the day 36 seconds later. Orser scored again at the 8:51 mark and freshman Brianna Doherty (No. Attleboro, Mass.) notched her first collegiate goal to make it 20-11 with 7:41 on the clock.

Erica Sedler scored a free-position goal 32 seconds later before freshman Hannah McGowan (Norwell, Mass.) recorded her first collegiate goal to close the scoring with 2:54 remaining.

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