Saint Anselm women’s lacrosse fell to Assumption despite career-high six goals from Henderson

Johnny Norton, Crier Staff

The Hawks battled back and forth with the Greyhounds in the first, with each team going on 4-0 runs in the first 15 minutes of the game.

Senior Rachel Henderson tallied three goals in the first, but Assumption went into the break with a 10-8 lead.

Junior Meagan Sheehy would score in the first 20 seconds of the second to bring the Hawks to within one.

The Greyhounds extended their lead to 13-9 after another 4-0. Saint Anselm would score three more times, but Assumption pulled away with three goals in the final five minutes to seal the win.

Saint Anselm closed out it 2017 season with a loss on the road against #3 ranked Adelphi University on Apr. 29, 19-2. Freshman Breda Holland and junior Erica Matilla scored the only two goals for the Hawks.

Adelphi surged out to a 13-0 lead to start the game, but Holland would score with five minutes remaining in the first half, coming off an assist from Sheehy.

The Hawks did not score again until seven seconds remaining in the game, when Matilla netted her 32nd goal of the season. The Hawks wrapped up the season with a 6-11 record, with six of their losses coming against ranked opponents.

Saint Anselm plays in one of the toughest conferences in Division 2, with six of the top 20 teams in the nation playing in the Northeast 10. In their final month of the season, they battled against #1 Le Moyne, #3 Adelphi, #10 New Haven and #11 Pace.

This was the final game at Saint Anselm for seniors Liv Connly, Micayla Evans and Rachel Henderson. Connly lead the Hawks defensively during her four years on the Hilltop, with 87 ground balls, 60 forced turnovers, and 27 draw controls.

Evans also shined on defense for Saint Anselm, recording 50 ground balls, 36 forced turnovers, and 11 draw controls in 62 games.

Henderson was the lone senior on attack for the Hawks this year. During her career, she scored 43 goals and 15 assists, with 39 goals coming in her final year.

The Hawks will return next year with a strong core of rising seniors. Sheehy lead the attack with a season total of 45 goals, while Matilla racked up 32 and Emma Palumbo scored 25 of her own. Goalkeeper Zoie Cavotta and Marta Versprille lead the juniors in ground balls, while Cavotta finished the season with five wins and 118 saves. On defense, Jamie Traverse started all 17 games for the Hawks, forcing 10 turnovers and scooping 16 ground balls.

The next season will certainly be an exciting one, with a strong attack of seniors, and freshman and sophomore players finding their places on the field.