#13 Saint Anselm Ends Season with Loss at #6 New Haven

WEST HAVEN, Conn. Senior Meghan Smith (Pittsford, N.Y.) collected seven points to become the program's all-time leading point scorer, but 13th-ranked Saint Anselm suffered a 21-9 defeat against sixth-ranked New Haven on Saturday afternoon at Kayo Field in the team's season finale.

The Hawks wrap up their season at 8-8 overall, including 6-6 in Northeast-10 play. It is the highest number of wins in a season for the Hawks since they won eight games in 2007 and the most conference victories since they captured six in 2002. The Chargers improve to 13-4, 8-4 NE-10.

Smith scored six goals and added an assist to finish with 244 career points, which moved her past Lauren Glancy '07 as Saint Anselm's all-time leader in points. Smith also leaves the Hilltop as the program's all-time and single-season leader in both goals and draw controls.

After Kathryn Campbell and Sarah Magnone each scored goals to stake New Haven to a 2-0 lead 4:25 in, freshman Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) notched an unassisted tally to slice the Saint Anselm deficit in half with 23:50 remaining.

The Chargers answered with three straight, including another from Magnone, to open up a 5-1 lead with 21:04 left. Smith then found the back of the net for the first time with 17:08 to go before Magnone added another 30 seconds later to make it 6-2.

Following a goal by freshman Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) that was assisted by Smith midway through the opening half, the Chargers scored five straight, including another by Magnone to widen their advantage to 11-3 with 10:21 remaining.

Smith scored again 51 seconds later to stop the bleeding, but New Haven ended the half on another five-goal run, including a pair from Marissa Fisher, to take a 16-4 lead into the break.

Smith opened the second-half scoring 1:13 in with another unassisted goal, but Alexis Gabbe and Campbell answered with scores that made it 18-5 with 25:12 left. Smith again found the back of the net with under 22 minutes left, but Campbell answered again to keep it a 13-goal game.

Smith did her best to keep her team in it, scoring off a feed from classmate Shawna Walsh (Woburn, Mass.) to cut it to 19-7 with 11:13 on the clock. Goals by Fisher and Daina Catanese opened it up to 21-7 with just under four minutes to go before a goal by freshman Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) off a pass from senior Mikaela Ferguson (Hopkinton, Mass.), followed by another Smith unassisted tally with 1:08 left, closed the scoring.

Sophomore goalkeeper Katherine Amato (Bedford, N.H.) made one save, playing the first 18:18 of action, while freshman Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) stopped four shots over the final 41:42. Maureen Spellman made six saves for the Chargers as she saw the first 53:53 of action. Sharon Strain relieved her for the final 6:07 and stopped one shot.

New Haven outshot Saint Anselm, 28-22, including 19-11 in the opening half, while Saint Anselm held a 16-15 edge in draw controls. The Chargers were 3 for 4 on their free-position opportunities, while the Hawks were 0-5.

This marked the final career game for seniors Smith, Walsh, Ferguson, Brie Haseotes (N. Attleboro, Mass.) and Caroline Wintersteen (Jericho, Vt.).

2012-04-28



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