Saint Michael's falls to No. 5 LIU Post, 2-0

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team fell to fifth-ranked LIU Post, 2-0, at Duffy Field on Saturday morning in a non-conference contest in the teams' first meeting since 2002. The Purple Knights drop to 2-4 on the season while the Pioneers, who are ranked by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), improve to 5-0 on the year.

Purple and Gold junior goalkeeper Sarah Healey (Canton, Mass./Canton) had seven saves. Sophomore Kelsie Miller (Templeton, Mass./Narragansett Regional) had a defensive save.

 The Pioneers were led by graduate student Dani Crouse (Westville, South Africa/Danville Park), who had a goal and an assist, and senior Carlee Dragon (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), who notched her team-leading seventh goal of the year. First-year Meredith Stocklin (Mount Laurel, N.J./Paul VI) made four stops in net.

The Pioneers scored the eventual game-winner at 6:29 when Crouse lined a backhanded shot to the top right corner. Dragon also scored at 11:49, receiving Crouse's pass on a penalty corner at the left wing before tallying.

In the last 1:31 of the half, the Purple Knights had five shots, three of which were stopped by Stocklin and the other two did not make it to the net. Following a penalty corner in the 34th minute, Saint Michael's fired three consecutive shots. Senior Courtney Bedell's (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) first shot was blocked before sophomore Megan Deschaine's (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) own attempt was saved, and Bedell gathered another rebound and was denied.

LIU Post had all 11 of the shots attempted in the second half, and Healey turned away six while Miller had a defensive save in the 59th minute. The Purple Knights had two penalty corners in the last 33 seconds of the game but were unable to fire off a shot.

Saint Michael's hosts Merrimack College on Wednesday at 4 p.m.