Purple Knights Pot Pair in Quick First-Half Spurt, Blank AIC, 2-0

Purple Knights Pot Pair in Quick First-Half Spurt, Blank AIC, 2-0

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Two goals 3:39 apart helped the Saint Michael's College field hockey team cap its home slate with a 2-0 victory over American International College on Tuesday during Northeast-10 Conference play at Duffy Field.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (3-13, 3-9 NE10), American International (3-14, 3-9 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Morgan Johnston (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), 1 goal
  • Junior Nell Criscione (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic), 1 assist
  • Junior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), 5 saves
    • 3rd shutout of season
    • 9th career shutout, takes over sole possession of 8th place in program history

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • First-year Jessica Stone, 10 saves
  • Junior Chelsea Davis, 1 defensive save

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's ran its series winning streak to seven games, with each decided by two goals or less.
  • The Purple Knights held edges of 17-9 in shots and 3-2 on penalty corners.
  • Twenty of the Purple and Gold's last 23 games were decided by two goals or fewer.

THE ACTION

  • In the 11th minute, Fluharty sent a high shot from the circle that Stone batted down with her left hand, and Johnston hit a follow-up try into the netminder's leg pad.
  • During the 14th minute, the Purple Knights broke through, as Johnston had an initial attempt saved by a diving Stone, but Criscione sent a second try into the left side of the net at 13:13.
  • Just 3:39 later, Fluharty sent a pass from the edge of the arc that Johnston tipped into the middle of the net from the center of the circle at the 16:52 mark.
  • Hurley slid to save junior Georgia Barnes' shot in the 25th minute, and consecutive AIC follow-up bids were blocked.
  • The second half featured only eight shots, though six were on net. The best chance for either team came when first-year Bonnie Gillis (Milford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) tipped a shot over Stone in the 65th minute toward an open net, but Davis batted the ball out of the air at the goal line for a defensive save.
  • AIC's final bid to break the shutout came in the 66th minute, but Hurley stopped first-year Sophie Schulpen's shot by charging out of her net to kick the ball away.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at No. 9 Stonehill College, 1 p.m.
  • The Skyhawks' national ranking is according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
  • Stonehill qualified for the last five NCAA Tournaments.
  • Contest will be Purple Knights' regular-season finale.