Richards' eight points lead women's lacrosse over Barton, 22-1

Richards' eight points lead women's lacrosse over Barton, 22-1

SPARKS, Md. – The Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team picked up its first win of the 2019 season in convincing fashion, handing the Barton College Bulldogs a 22-1 defeat on Tuesday afternoon at the United States Lacrosse headquarters at Tierney Field.

Box Score

The Hawks are now 1-1 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 3-2 on the year. The 22 goals scored by the Hawks in the contest were just two shy of the programs highest goal total in a single game, which was 24 on two separate occasions.

Saint Anselm was led offensively by sophomore Annie Richards (Reading, Mass.), who finished with a career-high eight points on three goals and five assists (3-5=8). Freshman Taylor Cobain (Smithfield, R.I.) had five points with four goals and an assist (4-1=5). Senior Molly Beck (Old Saybrook, Conn.) netted four goals while junior Breda Holland (Londonderry, N.H.) and freshman Jenna Balboni (Billerica, Mass.) each had two goals and two helpers. 

The Hawks ran out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first 8:22 of the game thanks to four goals by Beck, along with tallies from Richards and Cobain.

Three of the first five goals for Saint Anselm were of the free position variety. The first tally came just before the two-minute mark of the game by Richards, followed by a pair of goals by Beck to build a 3-0 advantage. Cobain found the back of the net with 6:25 gone in the first half before Beck put in two goals with 21:38 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs took advantage of a man-up goal with 16:26 to play for their only goal of the game, coming off the stick of Kayli Ashenfelter.

The Hawks then potted the games next eight goals for a 14-1 halftime lead, which included two tallies from Richards, Holland, and sophomore Sarah Morey (Natick, Mass.), along with sophomore Caroline Villareal's (Portsmouth, R.I.) first-career tally in that stretch.

Saint Anselm opened the second half with five goals, including the first collegiate goal from junior Lauren Lockard (Sanibel Island, Fla.). After Balboni's second tally of the contest, Cobain scored the game's next three tallies before Morey tacked on her third goal of the game with 14:43 left to play.

Sophomore Julia McCarthy (Marshfield, Mass.) and freshman Liza Palumbo (Sudbury, Mass.) notched their first-career goals to wrap up the scoring of the game. 

Junior goaltender Bailee Pudvar (Shelburne, Vt.) earned the win in net, playing the game's first 30 minutes in goal. Freshman Grace Young (Merrimack, N.H.) had two saves in net in the second half. Katherine Mattena suffered her second loss for the Bulldogs this year, stopping 10 shots in net.

The Hawks had a 35-4 advantage in shots, scooped up 29 ground balls and won 17 of the game's 25 draw controls.

Saint Anselm has a quick turnaround as the Hawks travel to West Caldwell, N.J. on Thursday, Mar. 7 to take on Caldwell at 4 p.m.