#6 Stonehill Rolls Past Saint Anselm, 20-7

Sophomore Samantha Lynott posted three goals and three assists to help lead Stonehill past Saint Anselm.

#6 Stonehill Rolls Past Saint Anselm, 20-7

Lynott and Galligan lead Skyhawks to sixth-straight win


EASTON, Mass. (April 8, 2010) – Stonehill College, ranked sixth in this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II poll, wrapped a 10-0 run around halftime in coasting to its sixth-straight win with a 20-7 victory over Saint Anselm College in Northeast-10 Conference women’s lacrosse action at W.B. Mason Stadium tonight.

Sophomores Samantha Lynott (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) and Sarah Galligan (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) led Stonehill with six points each. Lynott posted three goals and three assists to go with four draw controls and a caused turnover, while Galligan posted five goals and an assist to go with seven ground balls, a draw control and five caused turnovers. Freshman Kayla Green (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) netted a season-high four goals, while senior Jackie Ladino (North Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) contributed three goals, nine draw controls, four ground balls and a caused turnover. Freshman Kelsey Reilly (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) chipped in with a goal and three assists for four points.

Sophomore Meghan Smith (Pittsford, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) scored three of Saint Anselm’s seven goals on the night, with four other Hawks also chipping in with markers.

Freshman Rebecca Moore (Marlborough, Mass./St. Mark’s School) finished with four saves in goal for Stonehill, including three in the first half. Junior Katherine O’Hara (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) stopped 15 shots for Saint Anselm. The Skyhawks finished with a 41-13 advantage in shots for the contest, including a 35-11 edge in shots on goal. Stonehill forced 19 Saint Anselm turnovers, while committing just eight.

Sophomore Sarah Galligan had another strong game with five goals and an assist.

Stonehill wrapped a 10-0 run around halftime that turned a 7-4 lead with 7:03 to play in the first half into a 17-3 bulge with 17:12 to go in regulation. Four of Galligan’s five goals came in that stretch. The Skyhawks closed out the first half with six-straight goals in the final 6:04 of the frame, two each from Galligan and Lynott. Stonehill scored the first four goals of the second half – two from Galligan, including her fifth of the game with 17:12 left in the contest to cap the 10-0 run.

Saint Anselm struck first in the contest as sophomore Shawna Walsh (Woburn, Mass./Woburn) scored 4:56 into the contest. Stonehill answered less than a minute later when Ladino netted her first of the night with 24:19 to play in the frame. However, Saint Anselm regained the lead with 20:34 left in the half with a free-position goal by freshman Bryanna Hayes (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield). The Skyhawks took the lead for good with four-straight goals in the span of 4:13 to tie the game an open a 5-2 lead. Freshman Heather Sullivan (Andover, Mass./Andover) netted two of those goals, while Lynott had a goal and assist during the stretch.

Stonehill (7-1, 5-1 NE-10) is back in action on Saturday when it visits Franklin Pierce University for a Conference matchup at 1 p.m. The Skyhawks return home next Wednesday, April 4, to host Southern Connecticut State University at 7 p.m. Saint Anselm (3-4, 1-3 NE-10) visits American International College on Saturday at 4 p.m.