Field Hockey Falls on Final Play of Overtime to No. 4 Saint Anselm, 4-3


When and Where: October 18, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: No. 4 Saint Anselm College 4, Southern New Hampshire University 3
Records: SNHU 5-9 (2-8 Northeast-10 Conference), No. 4 Saint Anselm 14-1 (8-1 Northeast-10 Conference)

Freshman Hélène Servais (Brussels, Belgium) scored a pair of goals and junior Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) stopped 11 shots, but a penalty corner goal with no time remaining in overtime propelled fourth-ranked Saint Anselm College past Southern New Hampshire University, 4-3, in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action on Larkin Field Wednesday.

Following a scoreless 15 minutes of overtime, Saint Anselm's Erin Collins set up over the ball to insert it for a penalty corner with time having expired. With a defensive clear standing between Southern New Hampshire and a second overtime period, Mia Vecchione would receive the ball, dodge a Penmen defender and throw a shot toward the right post that was tipped in by Michelle Lemelin to lift the Hawks to victory.

Saint Anselm held a 22-5 advantage in shots, including 7-0 in the extra session.

Southern New Hampshire drew first blood just 8:31 into the contest when junior Lindsey Poirier (So. Berwick, Maine) pushed the ball ahead to sophomore Laura van der Doorn (Bevervijk, The Netherlands), who turned, carried the ball into the circle and fired a shot into the top-right corner of the cage to make it 1-0.

Saint Anselm would eventually answer just 4:33 before the halftime break when Hannah Friend deflected in a shot from the left side of the arc by Leika Scott, following a penalty corner.

The visitors would go in front 6:10 into the second half on another Friend goal. Emma Kincaid would take an initial stop from the left side of the arc that was stopped by Rennie, but Friend was there to pop the ball into the back of the cage and put Saint Anselm up, 2-1.

SNHU would gain the equalizer early in the 51st minute, as Servais received a feed from van der Doorn and sent a reverse-stick shot into the right corner of the cage to even the match, 2-2.

Servais struck again midway through the 60th minute to put the Penmen on top, 3-2, when she collected the penalty corner insert from senior Amaris Taylor (Tulsa, Okla.) and rifled a shot into the right side of the cage, beating Saint Anselm goalkeeper Julia Hand.

Saint Anselm would level the score, 3-3, exactly four minutes later when Kincaid pushed the ball out of a scrum in front and Friend put it past Rennie and into the cage with just 6:25 on the clock in regulation. 

- With the loss, Southern New Hampshire is officially eliminated from Northeast-10 Championship contention.
-This marked the final match on Larkin Field for Taylor, Mikaela Gauvain (Salem, N.H.), Erin Frost (E. Andover, N.H.), Ashley Abad (Goffstown, N.H.) and Alexis Soucy (Windsor, Maine). 

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Oct. 21 (1 p.m.) when they take on the University of New Haven.

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