MANCHESTER, N.H. – Midfielders Emma Palumbo and Erica Mattila combined to score nine goals and all seven attackers scored as the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team topped Merrimack 19-13 in Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.
The 19 goals were a season-high for Saint Anselm (6-7, 4-5 NE10) as the Hawks bounced back from a pair of losses to top-15 teams last week. Merrimack (3-9, 1-7 NE10) led 5-4 past the midway point of the first half before Saint Anselm closed the half on an 8-3 run that gave the Hawks the lead for good.
Mattila led the Hawks with a game-high six points on five goals and one assist, while Palumbo added four goals. Meaghan Sheehy and Rachel Henderson each recorded hat tricks, with Sheehy also providing an assist. Madison Shea chipped in with two goals and Marta Versprille had a goal and an assist.
Saint Anselm enjoyed a 23-10 advantage in draw controls, led by eight from Palumbo and four from Mattila. Palumbo and Liv Connly each forced a pair of turnovers defensively for the Hawks. Zoie Cavotta picked up her fifth win of the season with three saves in net.
Merrimack's Olivia Colletti scored a team-high four goals, while Amber Feminella notched three goals and one assist. Kyra Schwartzman scored three times and Annette Ruggiero added two goals and one assist. Lauren Trepaney took the loss while making nine saves for the Warriors.
The Warriors held three one-goal leads in the early stages, including a 5-4 advantage with 12:58 remaining in the first half, despite three goals from Mattila inside the first five minutes. Trailing by one, Palumbo and Mattila each scored back-to-back goals in a 4-0 run to put the Hawks up 8-5. Henderson tallied two goals in the final 2:45 to help Saint Anselm to a 12-8 lead after a high-scoring first half.
Merrimack scored the first two goals of the second half to quickly get within two, 12-10. Saint Anselm answered by scoring four of the next five goals with Breda Holland, Henderson, Sheehy and Versprille finding the back of the next to give the Hawks a 16-11 advantage as the Hawks cruised to the win down the stretch.
The 23-10 advantage in draw controls helped Saint Anselm outshoot Merrimack 33-16 in the game. The Hawks also picked up one more ground ball (17) than Merrimack (16) and were 6-for-10 on free-position shots on the afternoon.
Saint Anselm travels to Saint Michael's on Tuesday, April 18 for a 3 p.m. game before returning home for Senior Day on Saturday, April 22. The April 22 game against New Haven will also be the team's annual Teal The Field game.