Saint Michael's falls to defending NE-10 regular-season champion Merrimack

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team fell to defending Northeast-10 Conference regular-season champion Merrimack College, 4-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Duffy Field in a non-conference contest. With the loss, the Purple Knights fall to 2-5 while the Warriors improve to 4-3.

Purple Knight junior goalkeeper Jackie Chisholm (New Braintree, Mass./Quabbin Regional) had three saves. Junior Shannon Rice (West River, Md./Elizabeth Seton) made a defensive save.

The Warriors were led by senior Jessica Otis (Pittsford, N.Y./East Rochester), who tallied two goals and an assist. Senior Candace Waldie (North Andover, Mass./North Andover/Massachusetts) and first-year Maura Doyle (Merrimac, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) also tallied. Sophomore goalkeeper Madison Davis (San Jose, Calif./Branham) made three saves in the game.

Saint Michael's had a chance to take the lead in the first minute of the game. Junior Cassaundra Davis (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) had a shot blocked and sophomore Morgan Mazanec (Shelburne, Mass./Mohawk Trail Regional) fired a shot of her own off the rebound that was denied by the goalkeeper. The Warriors ended up scoring first, as Doyle picked up her second goal of the season at 1:25. Otis passed the ball from 20 yards out and Doyle tipped the ball just inside the circle and it went in the net. The Purple Knights looked to tie, as Davis had two shots blocked, first at 17:05 and the second at 24:01, while Rice also had a shot that was blocked with two minutes remaining in the first half.

Merrimack wasted little time to add to its lead in the second half as Otis received the second pass off a penalty corner from the left side and scored at 37:52. Three minutes later Doyle took a shot that was stopped by Rice for a defensive save and a Merrimack teammate found the rebound and sent the shot wide. The Purple Knights had a couple opportunities in the half, as Davis took a shot at 47:19 and senior Kelly Celata (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) fired a shot at 55:33, but both were both denied. The Warriors added two more goals in the half to take a 4-0 lead on another goal by Otis in the 61st minute and then a goal in the 67th minute by Waldie.

Saint Michael's returns to action when it travels to No. 4 Stonehill College, which is ranked by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), on Saturday at 12 p.m.