COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team dropped its home opener, and the first of two straight home games against nationally-ranked opponents, with a 4-2 loss at the hands of No. 10 Stonehill College at Duffy Field on Saturday. The Purple and Gold moves to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Skyhawks remain undefeated at 3-0 and 1-0. The visitors are ranked by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
Sophomore Kelsie Miller (Templeton, Mass./Narragansett Regional) scored her first collegiate goal for the Purple Knights, and junior Cassaundra Davis (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) scored her first goal in two years after missing the 2012 season due to injury, tallying the second Saint Michael's goal late in the second half. Sophomore Morgan Mazanec (Shelburne, Mass./Mohawk Trail Regional) assisted both goals, and junior Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) also added an assist. Junior Shannon Rice (West River, Md./Elizabeth Seton) had a defensive save, while classmate Jackie Chisholm (New Braintree, Mass./Quabbin Regional) posted four stops.
Senior Devin Ingersoll (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) led the Skyhawks with two goals, while sophomores Lauren Giordano (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) and Elizabeth Thornton (Needham, Mass./Needham) both netted unassisted goals. Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Md./North Harford) made four saves for Stonehill.
Thornton opened the scoring in the 24th minute, netting a backhanded shot into the lower right corner. The Purple Knights responded quickly, tying the game just two minutes later when Miller scored off a direct corner at 24:55 on assists from Beardsley and Mazanec. With two minutes remaining in the first half, Rice made a key defensive save off a penalty corner to keep things tied at one at halftime.
Stonehill wasted little time in the second half, as Ingersoll netted her first goal ay 38:52 on a direct corner with seniors Kelsey Davis (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) and Gina Sheehan (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) assisting. The Skyhawks tallied twice more, Ingersoll again off of a penalty corner and Giordano on a breakaway at 53:54. Davis tried to bring her team back, scoring her first goal of the season with 10:15 remaining in the game.
The Purple Knights return to action on Tuesday, hosting No. 8 Bentley University at 4 p.m.
-- by Greer Lemnah '14