Saint Anselm women’s lacrosse falls to LeMoyne in 16-8 defeat

Johnny Norton, Crier Staff

The Dolphins of Le Moyne defeated the Saint Anselm women’s lacrosse team on Saturday April 7, with a final score of 16-8. Senior attacker Meaghan Sheehy tallied four goals and two assists in the loss. Senior goalkeeper Zoie Cavotta stopped 13 of Le Moyne’s shots, while junior midfielder Molly Beck had the team high of 4 ground balls.

Sheehy’s six points extends her career total to 145. It is her eighth game in the Hawk’s last nine scoring at least six points. Her total points tally this season currently sits at 69, with six games remaining in the season.

Le Moyne is currently the number four in the country, with the sixth best scoring defense in Division II lacrosse with only 6.60 goals allowed. In the first half, Le Moyne held Saint Anselm scoreless for the first 17:38 of the game. Sophomore attacker Breda Holland ended the scoring drought for the Hawks, netting her 17th goal of the year. Le Moyne broke off three 3-0 runs in the first half to take a 9-3 lead. Sheehy scored her first two goals at the end of the half to shrink the deficit.

The teams went back and forth to open up the half, splitting the first six goals in the first ten minutes of the second. Sheehy scored a free position goal for her third straight goal, bringing the game to 9-4. Le Moyne went on another 3-0 run to extend their lead to eight. Senior Emma Palumbo scored with 20 minutes left in the game, but Le Moyne would answer with a 4-0 run to extend their lead to 16-6. This would be too much for the Hawks, eventually falling 16-8.

Sophomore defender Becca Shea had a career high four forced turnovers, leading the Hawks defensively. This is the seventh-highest forced turnovers in school history. Zoie Cavotta had 13 saves in the loss, moving to eight most saves in a season, currently with 117.

The team defeated Franklin Pierce on April 4, 14-12. Senior Erica Mattila and Beck scored five goals apiece. Mattila became the ninth Hawk in school history to reach 100 goals. Although Franklin Pierce outshot the Hawks 42-30, Cavotta’s 15 saves helped hold off the Ravens to get the win. The team was tied 2-2 midway through the first, with Matilla and senior midfielder Marta Versprille netting two for the Hawks. To end the half, Saint Anselm scored eight of the last nine goals to take a 9-3 lead.

Franklin Pierce came out of the second with three goals in the first three minutes. The Hawks were able to battle back and hold onto their lead, holding Franklin Pierce off to win, 14-12. Versprille had two goals, two ground balls and six draw controls in the win.

The Hawks have a tough road ahead of them. They are continuing a run of three straight games against ranked opponents, facing 15th rank Merrimack in North Andover on April 11 and Assumption on April 14 for their annual Teal the Field Game at Grappone Stadium.