Rindge, N.H. (April 5) -- Sophomore Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn. / Amity) enjoyed a record-setting day as the Greyhounds defeated Franklin Pierce University by a 23-10 final on Friday afternoon.
The sophomore broke two school records as she moved into second place on Assumption's all-time goal-scoring list. McNeil finished the game with new school records in points (12) and goals (10) and has now scored 114 goals in her career, passing Karen Shaw '99, who finished her playing career with 105 goals. The attack established a new record with 10 goals in a game, passing a record she shared with Shaw. McNeil had accomplished the feat three times in her career, while Shaw notched eight goals on two occasions.
She added two assists to also set a school record with a 12-point game, passing Shaw's 11-point effort against Worcester Polytechnic Institute on April 29, 1999. Shaw had eight goals and three assists on that day to establish both school records, and tied her own school record a day later with eight goals against Brandeis University.
The Greyhounds started strong for the second-consecutive game, outscoring the Ravens, seven to two, over an eight-minute stretch that started with a goal by Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine / Scarborough) with 19:40 to play in the first half. Sophomore Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine / Kennebunk) assisted the goal to give the Greyhounds a 5-2 lead.
Auger added a goal of her own 32 seconds later coming off an assist by McNeil to extend the lead to four. McNeil then scored her third goal of the game at the 17:49 mark in the first half off an assist by Auger to push the Greyhound lead to five at 7-2.
Madeline Shopshire briefly cut into the Assumption lead with a goal, but Hagerman quickly answered with her second goal of the game coming off a helper from senior Captain Caitlin White (Bethany, Conn. / Amity). The teams started to trade goals as Courtney Weber scored for the Ravens before Santos began a string of three straight goals in 66 seconds at the 12:16 mark in the first half.
McNeil scored her fourth goal of the half less than a minute later and Auger recorded her fifth point of the half on a free position shot with 11:10 to play in the first half. The run turned a 4-2 Greyhound lead into an 11-4 lead over eight minutes and 30 seconds.
Lindsey Leach added a goal for the Ravens with 3:05 to play in the half and the score was 11-5 heading into intermission.
Franklin Pierce struck first coming out of halftime as Weber scored less than two minutes into the second half before McNeil went on a personal three-goal run in less than 90 seconds, pushing the Assumption lead to eight at 14-6 with 25:02 to play in the half.
The teams traded goals over the next eight minutes until McNeil added her seventh goal of the game on a free-position shot. The goal pushed the Assumption lead to seven at 16-9, starting another four-goal spurt for the Greyhounds. Auger added her fourth goal of the game at the 16:16 mark in the half before McNeil added her eighth goal of the contest.
Senior captain Michelle Santos (Holliston, Mass. / Holliston) capped the run with her third goal of the game at the 11:40 mark in the half, extending the Assumption lead to 10 at 19-9. Assumption briefly relinquished the 10-goal lead as Nicole Beliveau scored her third goal of the season before Assumption scored the final four goals of the contest for the 23-10 final.
White scored twice over that span to push her season goal total to five, while McNeil also scored twice over that stretch, scoring her 10th goal of the contest with 44 seconds to play in regulation.
McNeil now has 58 goals on the season, surpassing her previous career-high of 56 goals she set as a freshman. She now has two of the three highest goal-scoring seasons in school history. Shaw holds the single-season goal-scoring record with 60 goals, which she set in 1999.
Junior Michelle Monahan (Deer Park, N.Y. / Deer Park) earned the win for Assumption to improve to 8-4 on the season and 5-3 in Northeast-10 Conference play. She has earned every decision for the Greyhounds this season. The junior turned away 18 shots while allowing 10 goals including 12 saves in the first half alone.
Auger had a standout day for the Greyhounds as well, tallying seven points on four goals and three assists. The sophomore also controlled two draws and picked up one ground ball for Assumption. Hagerman and Santos each recorded hat tricks for Assumption, while Santos added two assists for a five-point game.
Senior Steph O'Rourke (Amherst, N.H. / Souhegan) had a strong day for the Greyhounds in the midfield, picking up a team-high five draw controls and three ground balls while causing one turnover. Sophomore Allison Tivnan (Danvers, Mass. / Danvers) made an impact on the defensive side of the ball for Assumption, causing a team-high two turnovers while tying O'Rourke for a team-high three ground balls.
Freshman Meghan Curtin (Chester, N.J. / West Morris) tied O'Rourke for a team-high five draw controls while picking up one ground ball. The freshman continued her strong week which started with three draw controls and a ground ball against Southern Connecticut State University.
The Greyhounds improve to 8-4 on the season and 5-3 in Northeast-10 Conference play, while Franklin Pierce falls to 2-5 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Assumption will be back in action on Tuesday, April 9th against Le Moyne College. The game will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Multi-Sport Stadium in Worcester, Mass. The Dolphins were ranked seventh in the latest IWLCA Division II National Poll.
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