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Saint Anselm’s Hannah Friend moves the ball upfield during action earlier this season.

With its 3-0 win over Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday, the Saint Anselm College field hockey team set a program record for most league victories in a single season. The Hawks improved to 12-1 against the Northeast-10.

Saint Anselm, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II, owns a 15-2 overall record with each of its wins coming in shutout fashion. The defense has been so stout at times that junior goalkeeper Julia Hand has posted nine shutouts, including Tuesday’s, without having to make a save.

Senior Mary Nee (two) and sophomore Andrea McNeil (one) were the Hawks’ goal-scorers while senior Kaeleigh Lord, of Keene, recorded an assist.

Saint Anselm will wrap up its regular season Saturday (1 p.m.) at home against St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.).

UNH men stay 14th

The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team remained ranked No. 14 in the NCAA Division I United Soccer Coaches National poll released Tuesday.

The Wildcats defeated the University of Hartford, 5-0, on Saturday to remain unbeaten at 12-0-2. They are one of three programs ranked in the top 25 that have yet to suffer a loss, joining No. 9 Missouri State (13-0-0) and No. 13 Florida International (9-0-5).

UNH visits Albany on Friday night.

FPU booters 22nd

For the first time since 2017, the Franklin Pierce men’s soccer team is among the top 25 teams in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II National Rankings, with the Ravens ranked No. 22 in Tuesday’s latest poll.

FPU picked up two wins last week beginning with a 3-0 victory over the University of New Haven as well as a 2-0 win over Stonehill College.

The Ravens will have their work cut out for them this week if they hope to remain in the poll as they host No. 2 Adelphi University on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Hawks men start 21 st

Coming in with 68 points, the Saint Anselm men’s basketball team will begin the 2019-20 season ranked No. 21 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Preseason National Rankings, which were released on Tuesday.

The Hawks are coming off a 26-6 season in which they reached the semifinals in the NCAA Division II Tournament. It was there that they fell, 76-53, to Northwest Missouri State, the reigning DII champ.

After losing Northeast-10 Player of the Year Tim Guers to graduation, as well as Londonderry’s Cody Ball, the Hawks will lean on juniors Chris Paul, Gustav Suhr-Jessen and Alonzo Jackson, as well as senior Danny Evans.

Saint Anselm will unofficially begin the year on Saturday at home with a 6 p.m. exhibition against Bishop’s University of Quebec.

The Hawks’ regular season begins Friday, Nov. 8 with a 5 p.m. game against Concordia (N.Y.) at the Bentley Tip-Off Classic.