Hawks take first NE-10 field hockey loss

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The fall season is quickly coming to an end, here’s another update from the world of Saint Anselm College sports from today, October 17, 2019.


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Field Hockey

The fourth-ranked Hawks dropped their first conference game on Wednesday, falling 1-0 to eighth-ranked Assumption in Worcester, 1-0.

Freshman Summer Walsh (South Yarmouth, Mass.) got the game’s only goal, coming with 1:39 left in regulation.

Unlike most of their season, Saint Anselm found itself outpaced in the shots department, 14-3. Only one of those three shots went on net.

In other field hockey news, senior Anna Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) was named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Synapse Sports National Defensive Player of the Week.

Drakeley and the Hawks are now 12-2 on the year, they’ll play their second-to-last home game on Wednesday, Oct. 23 against Mercy (N.Y.) at 7 p.m.


Men’s Ice Hockey

For the eighth time since the 2011-’12 season, the Saint Anselm men’s ice hockey program has earned the top spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Saint Anselm topped the seven-team field with 33 points and three first-place votes.

The Hawks have won at least 12 games over the past four seasons and were the runners-up for the Northeast-10 title.

Saint Anselm opens its 51st season of varsity ice hockey on Saturday, Oct. 19, traveling to perennial NCAA Division III power Norwich for a 7 p.m. exhibition battle.


Football

After finally winning a game, the football team earned some individual honors this week from the Northeast-10 Conference.

Junior Ryan Sullivan (Stoughton, Mass.) was named Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Sullivan logged a team-leading 17 tackles, recording two sacks for a combined 13 yards while finishing with four total tackles for a combined loss of 15 yards. He also chipped in with a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries. He leads the NE10 with 10.7 tackles per game, ranking ninth in NCAA Division II with 6.3 solo tackles per game.

Freshman wide receiver Anthony Brown (Belton, Texas) picked up Special Teams Player of the Week recognition from the NE-10 as well.

Brown had two kickoff returns for a total of 156 yards. His biggest play of the evening came only seconds into the second quarter as he set the program record for the longest kickoff return – he caught the ball at the six-yard line and returned it 94 yards for the score. Six games into his collegiate career, Brown has 17 catches for 179 yards and has averaged 45 yards per kick return.

Saint Anselm has not featured two weekly award winners since Oct. 6, 2014 when Yianni Gavalas ’17 and Kyrel Jaundoo ’17 won Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.