Women’s lacrosse improves to 4-4 after win over Franklin Pierce, loses to Bentley in double-overtime


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Junior Marta Versprille looking for an opening upfield.

Johnny Norton, Crier Staff

The Saint Anselm women’s lacrosse team defeated Franklin Pierce 11-10 on March 25, evening their record to 4-4 for the year, and 2-2 in NE-10 play. Junior Meaghan Sheehy led the Hawks with 4 goals and 3 assists.

Snow did not deter the offenses of either side, with each team scoring 8 goals in the first half. Senior Rachel Henderson, junior Marta Versprille and Sheehy each scored on free-position shots in the first ten minutes of the half to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead. Franklin Pierce would answer, going up 4-3 until junior Erica Mattila kicked off a 4 goal run, with Sheehy recording a goal and 2 assists to give the Hawks a 7-5 lead. Franklin Pierce would respond with a 3-1 run of their own to even it up 8-8 at the break.

Goals from Mattila and Sheehy 31 seconds apart gave the Hawks an early 11-9 lead to start the second. The teams battled defensively throughout the half, holding each other scoreless for the next 22 minutes of play. Franklin Pierce’s Caitlin Sweeney scored her fourth goal of the game with a minute to play to bring the game to within one. Franklin Pierce would gain control after the goal, but sophomore Taylor Patterson forced a turnover and scooped up the ground ball to seal it for the Hawks, 11-10.

This win brought the Hawks overall record back to .500, after a loss to crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire University on March 21. Sheehy lead the offensive attack again, netting 5 goals, one shy of her career best and her second 5 goal game of the season. Juniors Emma Palumbo, Versprille and Mattila each tallied goals, with junior goalkeeper Zoie Cavotta stopping 10 shots.

The Penmen of Southern New Hampshire rattled off a 5-1 run to start the game, but the Hawks would answer with a 4-0 run to tie the game with two minutes remaining in the half. Southern New Hampshire would retake the lead 6-5 before heading into the break.

Saint Anselm would even it up to start the half with a goal from freshman Breda Holland. Southern New Hampshire would score five of the next 6 goals to take an 11-7 lead with 16 minutes remaining. Sheehy scored her fifth goal of the game to cut the lead to three, but Southern New Hampshire would close the game out on a seven goal run, putting the game out of reach, 18-9.

The Hawks traveled to 19th ranked Bentley on March 29 and lost 11-10 in double overtime, making their record 4-5. Their next game is April 1 at Southern Connecticut State University.

This article has been updated.