PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team concluded its season with a 3-1 loss to No. 8 Pace University on Saturday at Finnerty Field. The Purple Knights ended 7-11 overall and 3-9 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Setters, who are ranked according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), improved to 15-3 and 9-3.
Junior Morgan Johnston (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) notched her sixth goal of the season, while senior Jackie Matthews (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) lent an assist in her final college game. Sophomore Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) made eight saves, and senior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) notched the sixth defensive save of her career, tying junior Claire Kondrotas (Barre, Mass./Quabbin Regional) for fifth in school history. Saint Michael's scored on a Pace team leading Division II in goals-against average (0.81).
Junior Jane Kasparian tallied twice for the Setters, and classmate Paige Predmore score once and had one of Pace's three defensive saves. Senior Lesly Sanchez Alvarez, who entered the day second in the nation in GAA (0.81) and save percentage (.839), had four stops, and junior Halley Rose provided two assists. The Setters held a 15-10 edge in shots, but the Purple Knights earned an 11-9 advantage in penalty corners.
Hurley made three stops in a 3:50 span of the first half, denying Predmore on the first at the eight-minute mark, before posting back-to-back saves in the 17th minute. Predmore broke through at the 17-minute mark, and Hurley came up with two additional saves 15 seconds apart in the 19th minute to keep it 1-0. Junior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) had a shot saved in the 24th minute before an attempt shortly thereafter was blocked. A third bid by Dobecki was stopped a couple minutes later during a corner set, and Deschaine saw an ensuing try off of a corner play denied by senior Margaret Maclean's defensive save.
Deschaine responded with her own defensive stop in the 44th minute, but Kasparian made it 2-0 in the 47th minute. Deschaine was again denied on a defensive save during the 50th minute, with sophomore Louisa Wegener earning the stop, before Saint Michael's broke through at the 57-minute mark. After a quick restart just outside the circle, Matthews touched a pass inside to Johnston, who slipped a shot between Sanchez Alvarez's left pad and the post. Dobecki's tying attempt in the 63rd minute was turned away by Predmore's defensive save on the Purple Knights' final shot of the game, and Kasparian scored during a penalty corner set with no time remaining.