MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Junior Kristina Katskis (Hanover, Mass.) scored twice in the second half, each one giving Saint Anselm College a two-goal lead, as the Hawks held on for a 4-3 win over visiting Bentley University in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey Thursday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.
The loss dropped the Falcons to 8-8 overall and into fifth place in the NE-10 at 5-4 with one regular season game left (Saturday at home against Southern Connecticut State). While Bentley has clinched a berth in next week's conference playoffs, the chances of a first-round home game took a hit and will be dependent on the results of games Thursday night and Saturday.
Bentley spent the afternoon playing catch-up after sophomore Elizabeth Sears (Danvers, Mass.) put the Hawks on the scoreboard first at 23:34 of the second half. Falcon senior All-Conference midfielder Stephanie Sideris (Watertown, Mass./Watertown HS) squared things at 1-1 when she netted her eighth of the year four-and-a-half minutes later.
Senior Morgan Seney (Bow, N.H.) gave Saint Anselm (6-10, 4-6 NE-10) the lead back a little more than seven minutes into the second half, and Katsikis made it 3-1 seven minutes later on a penalty stroke.
Bentley drew within one, at 3-2, when junior Beth Maguire (Medfield, Mass./Medfield HS) scored her fourth of the season with 17:41 remaining. It stayed a one-goal game for about eight-and-a-half minutes, until Katsikis tallied her 15th of the year with 9:04 on the clock.
The final goal was scored by Falcon junior Kaitlyn Marcinek (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug HS) with 4:58 remaining. Bentley had two penalty corners in the final three minutes, including its 15th of the game with no time left on the clock, but did not get another shot off.
Bentley, which had posted a 5-1 win over Saint Anselm last month, outshot the Hawks, 12-9, and had a 15-10 edge in penalty corners, including 11-3 in the second half.
Saturday's regular season finale will tip off at 1 pm, and the program will honor its senior class before the contest.