Women’s lacrosse ground Hawks, win 10-6

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Photo courtesy of Lindsay Giovannone.

Gabby Buscemi stops a shot from Saint Anslem, West Haven, April 23, 2022.

Tyler Wells, Managing Editor

The New Haven women’s lacrosse team took home a 10-6 win over No. 20 Saint Anselm College on Saturday. The game capped off a day spent celebrating the team’s graduating class, as they were honored with Senior Day prior to the start of the match.

The first quarter opened without a score on either side, as both defenses held strong. With just a second left in the first, the Hawks struck first to take a 1-0 lead. Graduate attack Mary Rishmany responded for the Chargers, drawing the match even at one. Saint Anselm would quickly add another goal to take a 2-1 lead — their final of the afternoon.

Just before halftime, New Haven went on a 3-0 run to retake the lead. Junior attacks Camryn Antler and Annie Acquavita started it, followed by freshman attack Raegan Bailey who connected on her 50th goal of the season.

Coming out of the half, the Chargers continued building off the momentum. Their defense stepped up again, shutting out the Hawks as they added four more goals to their lead, the goals coming from Bailey, senior attack Julia Astram, sophomore midfielder Cypress Levitt and freshman midfielder Gianna Caprioli.

Saint Anselm went on a run of their own early in the fourth quarter, scoring three straight goals to cut the lead to just three. Bailey stopped the run with her third goal of the afternoon. After another Saint Anselm goal, Acquavita iced the game to give the Chargers a 10-6 victory.

Bailey led the New Haven scoring charge with three goals, while Acquavita had two and the rest was done by committee. In the net, sophomore goalkeeper Gabby Buscemi made 18 saves, heading a Chargers defensive line that kept Saint Anselm quiet all afternoon.

With the win, New Haven improves to 10-5 (6-5 NE-10) and now ranks seventh in the NE-10. Meanwhile, Saint Anselm falls to 7-6 (5-5 NE-10) with the loss.

New Haven returns to the field when they travel to Vermont and take on Saint Michael’s College on Wednesday; the match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. More information on the team’s upcoming schedule and playoff positioning can be found at newhavenchargers.com.