No. 6 Stonehill grounds St. Anselm
Green scores five as nation’s stingiest defense quiets Hawks
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sixth-ranked Stonehill College notched their eighth consecutive victory Thursday with a 20-5 rout of host Saint Anselm College in a Northeast-10 matchup.
Sophomore Kayla Green led all scorers with five goals, followed by three apiece from sophomore Kelsey Reilly and junior Sarah Galligan. The Skyhawks allowed just five goals for the second time this week to improve their goals-against average to 5.38 per game, the best mark in Division II.
Stonehill opened the game on a 5-0 run during the first 15 minutes, bookended by a pair from Green, before the Hawks (1-5, 1-3 NE-10) got on the board with a goal from junior Meghan Smith, who scored four of Saint Anselm’s five goals, and another from senior Leigh Krzyston. Freshman Kelsey Shannahan notched her 10th goal of the season with six minutes remaining in the half to put the Skyhawks ahead 6-2 at the break.
Saint Anselm put just four shots on target in the second half as Stonehill outshot the Hawks 27-8 over the final 30 minutes. After the Skyhawks put up three quick goals in the opening minutes, Smith netted three straight on an unassisted strike and two free-position conversions to keep Saint Anselm within four. The second goal of that three-goal stretch would be Smith's 100th career goal. But that would mark the end of the day for the Hawks as the Stonehill defense clamped down during an 11-0 Skyhawks run to end the game. Shannahan and Galligan each recorded two caused turnovers, while senior defenders Christine Lanagan and Emily Kerwin collected two ground balls each. Stonehill dominated the statistical categories, outshooting Saint Anselm 43-15 and forcing 19 Hawk turnovers.
Sophomore goaltender Rebecca Moore made five saves to earn the decision in net for the Skyhawks, and senior Katherine O’Hara took the loss for Saint Anselm with 14 stops.