March 3, 2012

St. Anselm Staggers No. 8 Dowling

from press release

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. – Freshman Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) scored six goals, including the first of her career, to lead the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team to a 13-11 victory against eighth-ranked Dowling College on Saturday afternoon at Golden Lions Field.

The Hawks, who earn their first win against a nationally-ranked opponent under head coach Holly Drown, even their record at 1-1. The Golden Lions open their season at 0-1.

Led by Daly, 10 of the Hawks' 13 goals were scored by freshmen.

Freshman Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) kicked things off with a free position goal nearly seven minutes into the contest. Classmate Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) found the back of the net 26 seconds later off a feed from junior Britini Hickman (Farmington, N.H.) to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.

Goals by Samantha Stavish and Kelly Difede knotted the game at two with 19:14 remaining in the opening half, before Daly broke the deadlock with the first goal of her career 21 seconds later. Daly's second goal with 17:05 left gave the Hawks a 4-2 lead.

Senior Meghan Smith (Pittsford, N.Y.) made it 5-2 with a free position goal with 12:56 to play, before Stazinski's second tally of the afternoon, followed by a goal from senior Brie Haseotes (N. Attleboro, Mass.), put the Hawks on top, 7-2, with 9:05 to go.

Brooke Witokowski scored just two seconds later before Pickett's second score of the day, off a feed from Hickman, made it 8-3 at the 8:15 mark. Shannon Asquino cut it to 8-4, but Daly and Hickman each found the back of the net to give the Hawks a six-goal lead with 5:48 on the clock.

Dowling responded with goals from Asquino, Stavish and Difede to trim Saint Anselm's lead to 10-7 at the break.

The Golden Lions kept the momentum going into the second half as Asquino netted her third of the day just nine seconds in. Alicia Fuchs then found the back of the net and Dowling was back within 10-9 with 23:18 remaining.

Daly gave the Hawks some breathing room with 14:12 left, before Witkowski made it 11-10 just under three minutes later. Daly again made it a two-goal game with 9:09 left and scored nearly two minutes later to make it 13-10. Hickman earned her third assist of the day on the tally.

A Fuchs' free position goal with 57 seconds left closed the scoring.

Freshman Alee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) earned the first win of her career with three saves. Dowling goalkeeper, Tina Fey, stopped 10 shots.

Saint Anselm held a 30-19 shot advantage, including 13-4 in the second half. The Hawks also won 19 of 26 draw controls.

The Hawks return to action Sunday, March 4 at 11 a.m. when they take on Queens (N.Y.) College.

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