When and Where: November 13, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Grappone Stadium)
Score: Saint Anselm College 4, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: Saint Anselm 14-5, SNHU 10-9
Redshirt-juniors Cassidy Huckins (Loudon, N.H.) and Katelin Oberlander (West Yarmouth, Mass.) scored goals, but the fifth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University field hockey team was doubled-up by fourth-seeded and 10th-ranked Saint Anselm College, 4-2, Tuesday evening in a Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinal tilt at Grappone Stadium in the team's first NE10 postseason appearance in program history.
- Huckins' goal was her fifth in the last five contests.
- Oberlander's tally is the second of her career and her second in as many games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire struck first at the 14:27 mark of the first half, as Huckins pushed the ball up the right side of the field and sent a shot in that beat Saint Anselm goalkeeper Julia Hand.
- The Hawks answered back just 32 seconds later, as Kendall Clifford swept a shot toward goal that was re-directed underneath diving senior goalkeeper Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) by Erika Meissner.
- Oberlander came up big with just over 12 minutes remaining in the opening half, as Abby Walker's shot beat Rennie, but Oberlander was able to stop the ball and sweep it off the goal line.
- Saint Anselm would go up 2-1 late in the 26th minute, with Michelle Lemelin putting a reverse-stick shot on the doorstep into the right side of the cage.
- The Hawks went up two scores in the 46th minute on a goal from Hannah Friend, with SNHU seemingly answering in the 50th minute on a strike by Oberlander, but the goal was waved off following a discussion, leaving Saint Anselm with a 3-1 lead.
- Oberlander would not let it rest, however, again finding the back of the net under a minute later off a feed from sophomore Hélène Servais (Brussels, Belgium) to pull the Penmen within two.
- Junior Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) nearly tied it with under 13 minutes remaining, hitting an absolute rocket that ricocheted off the crossbar and out of play.
- The Penmen kept the pressure on, as senior Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) put a shot on goal off a penalty corner, but Hand made a terrific kick save at the far left post to maintain Saint Anselm's lead.
- Southern New Hampshire would call timeout with 3:40 remaining and pulled Rennie, but Saint Anselm's Sarah Bagley would find the back of the empty net to make it 4-2.
- Holt was stopped again by Hand with just over a minute to go, as she dove to the right post to knock away the attempt to again make it a one-goal game.
- SNHU drew a penalty corner in the closing seconds, but the drive from van der Doorn deflected off a Saint Anselm defender and out of play to bring the game to a close.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Rennie did not make a save in 66:20 of action, while Hand racked up 10 stops.
- The Penmen held a 17-8 advantage in shots, including 16-3 in the second half.
- SNHU also owned an 8-5 edge in penalty corners.
- Southern New Hampshire, which set a program record for wins in a season with 10, was making its first appearance in the Northeast-10 Championship.
- Huckins' goal was her 13th of the year and 18th of her career. Huckins now sits tied for seventh in the NE10 in goals and eighth in total points (30).
- Saint Anselm advances to Friday's semifinal round and will either travel to top-seeded Pace University or play host to eighth-seeded Assumption College.
- The win earns Saint Anselm two points in the Queen City Cup standings, but SNHU continues to lead, 13-7, in the battle for Manchester supremacy.
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