When and Where: September 13, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Grappone Stadium)
Score: No. 5 Saint Anselm College 2, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: SNHU 3-1, Saint Anselm 3-0
Junior Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) stopped nine shots on Wednesday, but a three-point effort by Saint Anselm College's Anna Drakeley lifted the fifth-ranked Hawks to a, 2-0, non-conference field hockey victory over Southern New Hampshire University at Grappone Stadium.
Rennie steered aside four of the five Saint Anselm attempts she faced in the opening 35 minutes of play before registering an additional five saves in the second half. Her counterpart, Julia Hand, handled the only Penmen shot on frame to register the shutout.
Drakeley staked the hosts to a 1-0 lead early in the first, as her drive from the top of the circle navigated through traffic and to the back of the cage 11:44 into the opening half. Junior Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) had the best chance of the evening for Southern New Hampshire less than eight minutes later, but her attempt was knocked aside by Hand.
Saint Anselm provided the final margin of victory just over a minute into the second half. Drakeley keyed the play with a bid towards the right post, and Jackie Guillemette finished it with a redirection at 36:02.
- The Penmen were saddled with their first loss of the season after emerging victorious through their first three outings.
- The Hawks picked up one point in the 2017-18 Queen City Cup Standings. After emerging victorious in both the men's and women's soccer contests on Wednesday, Southern New Hampshire now holds a 4-2 advantage in the battle for Manchester supremacy.
- The Penmen were shutout for the first time since September 27, 2016, when they were blanked by Stonehill College, 2-0.
- Saint Anselm held a 16-2 advantage in shots as well as an 11-2 edge in shots on goal. The Penmen yielded 15 penalty corners to the Hawks while drawing four of their own.
Southern New Hampshire looks to bounce back on Sunday (Sept. 17) when they make the trip to American International College for a 1 p.m. faceoff with the Yellow Jackets.
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