With three teams making the NCAA Tournament, six appearing in the Northeast-10 Championship Tournament, and over 30 athletes selected to Northeast-10 All-Conference Teams, the Saint Anselm Hawks are soaring higher than ever.
The Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year, Carolyn King-Robitaille, led the field hockey team to a record-breaking year. As Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season Champions, the team received the top seed in the NE-10 Tournament and advanced to the league championship game. The Hawks went on to earn their first NCAA Tournament bid in program history, hosting Stonehill for a First Round contest at Grappone Stadium on November 12. With a 3-1 win over the Skyhawks, the Hawks advanced to the National Semifinals, where their season ended in heartbreak with a 1-0 overtime loss to LIU Post.
The team set an all-time program record for wins, tallying 17 victories with just five losses. Leading one of the nation’s best defenses, seniors Elizabeth Alie and Kate Sears earned the highest Northeast-10 Conference honors as Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year respectively. Alie also earned All-American First Team honors, becoming the first player in program history to be lauded with that distinction.
Both basketball programs were also selected for the NCAA Tournament, as the men advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in the past three seasons, while the women appeared in the tournament for the first time in over 15 years.
The volleyball team had the best season start in program history, winning their first five matches and sweeping their opponents in all of them. The team also went on a nine-match winning streak that helped them earn the #4 home seed in the NE-10 Tournament. Saint Anselm's 20 wins on the season matched the program record. Senior CC Chrisom became only the eighth Saint Anselm player to pass 1,000 digs in her career.
Led by Juniors Alex Starzyk and Martha Findley, the women’s ice hockey team reached the New England Hockey Conference Women’s Open Championship game, falling in overtime to Holy Cross. Starzyk, in addition to receiving the NEHC Player of the Year, accompanied Findley on the CCM East Region Second All-America Team.
The men’s ice hockey team appeared in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship Tournament receiving the #2 seed and beating cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University in the semifinal game. Anchoring the team’s solid defensive unit were Northeast-10 Conference Defender of the Year, Peter Sakalis, and Goaltender of the Year, Shane Joyce, who were among seven Hawks that earned All-NE-10 honors.
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In other notable accomplishments for the Hawks, men’s lacrosse clinched a playoff berth for the third time in four seasons. 2016 also brought Saint Anselm football a new coach in Joe Adam, a 20-year veteran of Division I, II and III programs. Among the team's accomplishments during their 2016 campaign, senior quarterback Yianni Gavalas broke the all-time passing touchdown record.
Saint Anselm student-athletes excelled in competition, and in the classroom as 169 students, representing all 20 intercollegiate teams, were named to the 2016 Spring Dean’s List.