PREVIEW: Field Hockey Makes Postseason Debut Tuesday at Saint Anselm

Cassidy Huckins holding her stick.  She is wearing a blue Penmen number 13 uniform.

No. 5 Southern New Hampshire University (10-8, 8-5 Northeast-10)
No. 4 Saint Anselm (13-5, 10-3 Northeast-10)
Tuesday, September 13, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.
Grappone Stadium - Manchester, N.H.

SNHU Logo Saint Anselm Logo

SERIES: SNHU trails, 8-0
LAST MEETING: Saint Anselm 2, SNHU 1 (2OT)(10/23/2018 at Manchester, N.H.)

Last Time Out: Assumption College 4, SNHU 2 (11/09/2018 at Worcester, Mass.)
Streak: Lost 1
Scoring Leaders:
#11 Cassidy Huckins, RS-Jr. (12 goals, 4 assists, 28 points)
#4 Maddie Holt, Sr. (9 goals, 1 assists, 19 points)
#18 Laura van der Doorn, Jr. (6 goals, 5 assists, 17 points)
#22 Hélène Servais, So. (3 goals, 5 assists, 11 points)
#5 Lindsey Poirier, Sr. (3 goals, 3 assists, 9 points)

In Goal:
#00 Melanie Rennie, Sr. (10-8, 1.66 GAA, .761 save pct., 89 saves)

Notes: The Penmen embark on their first Northeast-10 Conference Championship in program history when they make the trip across town to square off with Saint Anselm on Tuesday. Southern New Hampshire capped off its most successful season ever with an overall record of 10-8 and a conference mark of 8-5, which was good enough to earn them the No. 5 seed and a date with its Queen City rivals. SNHU has been led up front all season by redshirt-junior Cassidy Huckins (Loudon, N.H.), who has amassed 12 goals and 28 points thus far and ranks in the top-10 in the NE10 in both categories, respectively. Senior Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) tied her career high with nine goals during the regular season and sits second on the Penmen with 19 points, while junior Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) has added 17 points on six goals and five assists. Senior Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) has backstopped Southern New Hampshire to its first 10-win season after posting a 1.66 goals against average and .761 save percentage to go along with three shutouts. The Penmen are searching for their first win against the Hawks, as they are winless in eight previous attempts and are coming off a 2-1, double-overtime setback on October 23.

Last Time Out: Saint Anselm 1, Franklin Pierce University 0 (11/09/2018 at Manchester, N.H.)
Streak: Won 7
Scoring Leaders:
#12 Abby Walker, Sr. (11 goals, 3 assists, 25 points)
#17 Carly LaCasse, Fr. (8 goals, 1 assist, 17 points)
#1 Hannah Potter, So. (7 goals, 2 assists, 16 points)
#4 Hannah Friend, Jr. (4 goals, 7 assists, 15 point)
#10 Maddie Bressler, Sr. (7 goals, 0 assists, 14 points)

In Goal:
#33 Julia Hand, So. (11-5, 1.19 GAA, .732 save pct., 52 saves)

Notes: The Hawks head into Tuesday's NE10 Quarterfinal matchup as one of the hottest teams in the region. Saint Anselm has won seven-straight games dating back to October 17 and has not lost to an unranked opponent since September 23. The Hawks are coming off back-to-back trips to the Northeast-10 Championship Semifinals as well as two consecutive NCAA appearances and feature a veteran group with a balanced offense. Saint Anselm boasts five double-figure point scorers this season, led by senior Abby Walker (Scarborough, Maine), who has 25 points on 11 goals and three assists. Freshman Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) has added eight goals and an assist for 17 points, while sophomore Hannah Potter (Harwichport, Mass.)(7G,2A), junior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.)(4G,7A) and senior Maddie Bressler (Franklin, Mass.)(7G) have collected 16, 15 and 14 points, respectively. Sophomore Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) has posted an 11-5 record in the Hawks' cage, and owns a 1.19 goals against average as well as a .732 save percentage. In two meetings this season, Saint Anselm has outscored Southern New Hamphire by a 6-2 margin, with junior Emma Bartle (Acton, Mass.) accounting for two goals and Friend tallying a goal and an assist in front of Hand, who has steered aside 13 of the 15 shots to come her way.