Purple Knights Come Up Short in Close Contest with Bentley, 2-1

Purple Knights Come Up Short in Close Contest with Bentley, 2-1

COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Michael's College field hockey team fell to Bentley University, 2-1, during Saturday's Northeast-10 Conference contest at Duffy Field. It was Senior Day for the Purple Knights.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (2-13, 2-9 NE10), Bentley (11-7, 7-6 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Sophomore Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic), 1 goal
  • Senior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 1 assist
  • Junior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), 3 saves
  • Senior Claire Kondrotas (Barre, Mass./Quabbin Regional), 1 defensive save

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Tess Anderson, 1 goal
  • Junior Keally Ingersoll, 1 goal
  • Senior Niki Neidhart, 1 assist
  • Senior Jana Mones, 1 save in 35:00
  • First-year Kayleigh Vogel, 0 saves in 35:00 of relief

GAME FACTS

  • Seven of the last eight games between the two teams have been decided by one goal, with six of the Purple Knights' losses this season coming by one goal.
  • It was Senior Day for the Purple Knights as Dobecki, Kondrotas, Morgan Johnston (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), Katie Leonard (Carmel, N.Y./The Ursuline School), and Janelle Robinson (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) were all honored with a short ceremony before the game.
  • Kondrotas entered the day tied for third in the NCAA and tied for second in the NE10 in defensive saves.  After her sixth defensive save of the season she is now tied for fifth in program history for defensive saves in a season with Kate Higgins '08 and has sole possession of fourth place for career defensive saves with 12, passing Higgins.

THE ACTION

  • The Falcons had a scoring opportunity at 23:26 when junior Sam Pavano launched a shot from the left side of the arc that bounced off of Hurley's blocker to the stick of first-year Christine Murray, who tossed a shot toward a wide-open net only to be denied by Kondrotas at the goal line.
  • After a scoreless first half, Bentley got on the board at the 40:29 mark when Neidhart served a pass into the middle from just above the end line to Anderson, who shoveled it past Hurley to make it 1-0.
  • The Falcons tallied their second goal in the 52nd minute when sophomore Sam Simione rifled a shot from the perimeter that deflected off a Purple Knight defender and over to Ingersoll, who tapped it home for a 2-0 lead.
  • The Purple Knights rallied 4:50 later when Dobecki rattled a pass into the center to Fluharty, who turned and shot the ball past the outstretched foot of Vogel on what would end up being the Purple Knights' last scoring chance.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Tuesday vs. American International College, 2:30 p.m.
  • Home finale for the Purple Knights.