COLCHESTER, Vt. - Junior Cassaundra Davis (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) had a hat trick, including scoring the game-winning goal with 9:17 remaining, as the Saint Michael's College field hockey team defeated Bentley University, 3-2, for the first time since 2008 on Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Field. Saint Michael's improves to 1-3, while Bentley, which has qualified for 11 of the last 14 NCAA Tournaments, drops to 3-2 on the season.
The Purple and Gold was led by Davis, who recorded her third career hat trick, while junior Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) had an assist on one of the goals. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Healey (Canton, Mass./Canton) had seven saves, and classmate Shannon Rice (West River, Md./Elizabeth Seton) made a defensive save.
The Falcons were led by junior Gina Lirange (Auburn, Mass./Auburn), who scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season, and sophomore Sally James (Mequon, Wis./University School of Milwaukee), who netted her second goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Kelley (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) had six saves in the contest.
Davis put the Purple and Gold on the scoreboard first when she found a rebound out front and dumped it into the back of the goal at 7:37 of the first half. The Falcons tied the game when James scored at 10:31 after sophomore Meghan Talerman (Centerville, Mass./Barnstable) crossed the ball into the middle and James tipped it in the net. In the 30th minute, Healey came out to make a save before Rice recorded a defensive save on an ensuing shot. After a scrum in front, the Falcons were awarded a penalty stroke that went wide of the net.
In the second half, the Falcons fired the first six shots with only one making its way to the cage, which Healey saved. The Purple Knights took back the lead when Davis scored her second goal of the contest after Beardsley served an entry feed into the scoring circle and Davis backhanded the ball home in the 50th minute. In the 56th minute, senior Lisa Giorgetti (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) fed a penalty-corner entry pass to Lirange, who shot inside the left post to even the score. The tie game lasted only five minutes after that, as Davis was stopped by Kelley in the 61st minute before grabbing her own rebound and putting Saint Michael's ahead for good.
The Falcons had opportunities to tie the game in the final five minutes of the game with three penalty corners, two of them coming in the last 45 seconds. Their final shot came as time expired, as Healey turned it away to seal the win.
Saint Michael's returns to action when it travels to Franklin Pierce University on Thursday at 4 p.m.