Manchester, N.H. (March 25) -- On Tuesday afternoon, the Assumption College women's lacrosse team fell to 5-2 overall on the season as the Hounds dropped a 12-5 final to Saint Anselm College in Northeast-10 Conference play at Grappone Stadium. The teams were tied at 4-4 at the halftime break before the Hawks pulled away in the second half for the win.
The Hawks got on the board in the early minutes of the contest as Saint Anselm converted two free position shots with a span of 1:10 for the 2-0 lead with 25:15 left in the opening half. Kaitlyn Stazinski scored the first goal 3:35 into the period, followed by a tally from Marissa Daly. Assumption converted a free position opportunity of its own with 23:58 on the clock as senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) scored her 17th goal of the year to cut the lead in half at 2-1. The Hounds tied the game at the midway point of the period as freshman Quincy Wilkins (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug) used a screen to come around the net and bounce the shot past the Saint Anselm goal to knot the game at 2-2. Just 22 seconds later, Assumption took its first lead of the game as Hagerman connected with senior Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) for Beall's 11th goal of 2014 and a 3-2 edge with 14:50 left in the first.
The teams traded goals over the remainder of the period, including a free position score by Assumption junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) that gave the Hounds a 4-3 advantage with 1:56 left. McNeil was fouled after trying to take on a group of four Saint Anselm defenders, who fouled McNeil to set up the free position opportunity. Daly sent the game into the half at 4-4 with her second goal of the game for Saint Anselm with 1:05 on the clock.
Saint Anselm took control of the game in the second half as the Hawks regained the lead on the third goal of the game from Daly at 4:21 into the half. Kelly Pickett extended the advantage to 6-4 as she was assisted by Daly with 17:04 left for her first goal of the game and ninth of the season as she converted the man-up opportunity.
The Hawks added a pair of goals in a span of 11 seconds on an unassisted goal from Erin Marshall, followed by a Michelle Kudlate tally to hold an 8-4 edge with 12:56 on the clock. Saint Anselm outscored the Hounds by a 4-1 margin over the remainder of the game behind a man-up goal and a pair of free position tallies. For Assumption, sophomore Molly Brown (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) scored her third goal of the season with 3:29 left as the Hounds dropped the 12-5 final.
Freshman goalie Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) had six saves in the loss, while Jane Bunn finished with eight stops in the victory.
Assumption held a 19-16 edge in ground balls, forced 17 Saint Anselm turnovers and held a slight 10-9 advantage in draw controls as Beall finished with a team-high three draws to go along with four ground balls. The Hounds converted 2-of-8 free position opportunities, compared to 3-of-7 for the Hawks.
Hagerman led the team with one goal and one assist in the game as five different players scored for the visitors. Daly led Saint Anselm with four goals and one assist as four players finished with multiple goals for the Hawks.
With the loss, Assumption falls to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the Northeast-10, while the Hawks stay perfect at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in league play.
Assumption is back in action on Thursday, March 27th as the Hounds host No. 1 ranked LIU Post for a 4 p.m. start at the Multi-Sport Stadium.
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