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Daly, Stazinski off to impressive starts for Saint Anselm lacrosse

Marissa Daly

Lacrosse twosome scores for Anselm

Saint Anselm women’s lacrosse coach Holly Drown was hoping that a scorer would emerge from her first recruiting class. She ended up with two.

Kaitlyn Stazinski

Saint Anselm College

Kaitlyn Stazinski

Marissa Daly, a freshman from Marshfield via Thayer Academy, along with Kaitlyn Stazinski, a freshman from Pembroke via Milton Academy, combined for 18 of the Hawks’ 41 goals through the first four games of the season.

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Daly earned Player of the Week, and Rookie of the Week honors from the Northeast-10 after netting 10 goals (on just 13 shots) and two assists in her first three games - including a six-goal outburst in a 13-11 upset of Dowling, ranked eighth in Division 2.

She also tallied four groundballs and caused two turnovers.

“She surprised us,’’ said Drown. “Originally, she was more of a feeder but then she just started ripping shots off and pretty quickly turned into a go-to scorer for us, which is huge for a freshman. Hopefully, she can keep it up.

“Our biggest issue has been shooting, and Marissa is a very good shooter and places the ball really well and has a very powerful shot. Goalies are surprised that she has such a big release.’’

Drown recruited Daly aggressively, primarily because of her strong stick-handling skills and her powerful shot.

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“My teammates helped me out quite a bit, and we all pumped each other up in the locker room before the game,’’ said the 5-foot-4 Daly, a communications major who also considered attending Stonehill.

“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. We have a great freshman class and an amazing coach, and everyone is dedicated and ready to play.’’

Stazinski scored a goal in her first career game (a 16-5 loss to CW Post) and scored the first goal of the game for St. A’s in its victory over Dowling. She added three goals and two assists in a 13-10 loss to Merrimack on Saturday.

“Kaitlyn is very explosive and very fast,’’ said Drown. “We try to keep her between the 30 and the 30 [yard lines] and get her the ball so she can push the fast break. She is somebody you notice on the field for her explosiveness and quickness. She’s off to a great start for us.’’

Hanover’s Lauren Alfis, a junior midfielder, is also making a strong contribution for the Hawks (1-3, 0-1 NE-10) while adding leadership for a team that starts five freshmen.

“Lauren does it all for us,’’ said Drowns. “I can put her anywhere on the field, although she’s at midfield now so we can utilize her speed. She’s an outstanding all-around player.’’

Campus Corner

Walpole’s Caroline Stedman scored 17 points and added four rebounds to help the Amherst (31-0) women’s basketball team reach the NCAA Division 3 national semifinals for the fourth consecutive season with an 81-64 win over Emmanuel on Saturday night.

A 5-10 senior guard, Stedman is fifth in career scoring for the Lord Jeffs (1,222 points), the defending national champion. She is 12th overall in assists (193) and is sixth in career blocks with 92. Stedman was named the Player of the Year in the New England Small College Athletic Conference and earned All-America recognition as a sophomore, but was sidelined for a portion of last year by injuries.

Amherst will play George Fox University (31-0) in a battle of unbeatens Friday at 5 p.m. at Hope University in Holland, Mich. . . .

On Saturday, Weymouth’s Ashley Slattery netted her 100th career goal for the Lasell women’s lacrosse team, just the fourth player in program history to reach the mark. Her milestone goal came with 26:39 left in the second half, and was the third of her career-high eight goal performance.

With 105 goals, along with 24 assists in 35 games, she trails Tina Canavan (191 goals), Caitlyn Murphy (240), and Mandi Rapisardi (272) on the all-time list.

“She’s our hardest worker, and the backbone of our team,’’ said coach Cait Connolly. “The great thing about Ashley is that she brings as much to our team through her leadership as she does by scoring goals. In fact, I had to tell Ashley she scored her 100th goal, she had no idea the only thing she was worried about was that we won the game.’’

Hull’s Amy MacDonald is off to a strong start for the Plymouth State women’s lacrosse team. The freshman attacker scored four goals in her first collegiate game, a 17-15 overtime loss to Springfield. . . .

Bridgewater State junior heavyweight Patrick Walsh of Stoughton dropped a pair of matches at the NCAA Division 3 Wrestling Championships at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse on Friday. Walsh, the New England Wrestling Association heavyweight champion, ends the season with an overall record of 15-3.

John R. Johnson can be reached at jjohnson49@comcast.net.

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