Friend sets field hockey's single-game scoring record vs. St. Thomas Aquinas

UPDATE (09/17/17, 2:25 PM): A post-game scoring change now has sophomore Hannah Friend with three goals and an assist for seven points (3-1=7) on the afternoon, setting the program record for points in a contest. Friend broke the previous program record of six, set by herself against St. Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 24, 2016.

SPARKILL, N.Y. – Sophomore Hannah Friend of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team potted two goals and added an assist in her team's 8-1 victory over Saint Thomas Aquinas College on Sunday morning.

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The No. 5-ranked team in NCAA Division II has won five-straight games to open the season. The Spartans dip to 2-5 on the year. The Hawks host Saint Michael's this Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. in Manchester, N.H.

For the second-straight game, Saint Anselm scored within the game's first two minutes as Erin Collins put home a pass from Friend to create the early advantage. Emma Kincaid followed with an unassisted goal at 5:02 before Friend potted back-to-back goals before the half, set up by Jackie Guillemette and Kendall Clifford, respectively.

The Hawks exploded for three-straight goals to open the second half as Katie Neyland, Mary Nee and Maddie Bressler lifted the visitors to a 7-0 advantage. Clifford would join Nee by scoring her first collegiate goal in the second half, cashing in with just under 10 minutes to go in regulation time.

Clifford and Collins each posted a goal and an assist on the afternoon as seven different players scored for Saint Anselm. Michelle Lemelin, Mia Vecchione and Guillemette added assists on the day for the Hawks. Taylor Hickey scored Saint Thomas Aquinas' lone goal of the afternoon in the 59th minute off a feed from Jacqueline Dowling.

Hawks netminder Sarah Bentley made her second career start, earning the victory by making one save. Freshman Molly Dingley appeared in her first career game in relief, yielding one goal on three shots while posting two saves. The tandem of Kaitlyn Gee and Suzanne Clarke allowed eight goals on 21 shots for Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Saint Anselm outshot the Spartans, 26-to-4. The Hawks also earned 13 penalty corners, including eight in the final 35 minutes alone.