No. 9 Hawks Top Field Hockey in Queen City Cup Clash


When and Where: October 18, 2015 – Manchester, N.H. (Grappone Stadium)
Score: Saint Anselm College 3, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: Saint Anselm 11-3, SNHU 2-13

Ninth-ranked Saint Anselm College scored three times during a 10-minute stretch in the first half to earn a 3-0 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks improve to 11-3 while the Penmen move to 2-13.

Saint Anselm also earned a point towards the Queen City Cup, a competition between the longtime intracity rivals. After capturing the inaugural Queen City Cup at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 academic year, Southern New Hampshire currently holds a 10-2 advantage in the 2015-2016 edition.

The two teams remained scoreless for over 20 minutes of play during the first half before Allia Connolly provided the Hawks with all the offense they would need on Sunday. Meagan Halligan corralled a rebound in front of the Penmen cage before feeding Connolly with 14:49 remaining. Halligan set up the second Saint Anselm goal just 1:11 later, as she found Leika Scott off a penalty corner for a shot that made its way through traffic and just inside the right post. Halligan provided the final margin of victory 4:46 before intermission when she was able to find the back of the cage for her fifth goal of the season.

The Penmen were able to generate 10 shots in the second half, including seven shots on goal, as they carried the majority of action during the final 35 minutes. Sophomore Jill Piacitelli (East Greenwich, R.I.) registered seven saves in the contest for Southern New Hampshire, while seniors Melissa Chisholm (Norwood, Mass.) and Sarah Gluck (East Bridgewater, Mass.) joined sophomore Erin Frost (East Andover, N.H.) in leading the Penmen offense with two shots on goal apiece.

 - After being outshot 10-0 in the first half, Southern New Hampshire maintained a 10-3 shot advantage during the final 35 minutes of play.
 - Saint Anselm held a 13-5 edge in penalty corners during the game, which included a 10-0 mark in the first half.
 - The Hawks earned their second Queen City Cup point in field hockey this season after topping the Penmen, 2-1, on Sept. 23.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire returns to Larkin Field on Wednesday night when it hosts Franklin Pierce University on Senior Night at 6 p.m.

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