EASTON, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team fell to No. 4 Stonehill College, 5-1, on Saturday afternoon at W.B. Mason Stadium in a non-conference contest. With the loss the Purple Knights fell to 2-6, while the Skyhawks, who are ranked by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), improve to 8-0.
Senior Kelly Celata (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) scored her second goal of the season for the Purple Knights, while junior Darcy Andrade (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) had a defensive save. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Healey (Canton, Mass./Canton) had a season-high 11 saves in the game.
Skyhawk sophomore Erika Kelly (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) tallied her team-leading 14th and 15th goals of the season while senior Kelly Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) had two goals, and sophomore Lauren Giordano (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) also had a goal. Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Md./North Harford) stopped four shots.
Stonehill had the first three shots of the game before jumping out to a 1-0 lead at 13:54. Kelly slipped past a defender one-on-one and shot to the left side of the net. Junior Cassaundra Davis (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) had three opportunities to tie the game in the 22nd and 23th minutes, but two of her shots were saved and one went wide. Kelly added her second goal of the game at 24:11, chipping in a loose ball in front of the net. The Purple Knights cut the lead in half at 34:05 as Celata picked up a rebound from the initial shot by sophomore Morgan Mazanec (Shelburne, Mass./Mohawk Trail Regional) after a penalty corner and netted the ball.
The Skyhawks added to their lead at 42:21 when sophomore Elizabeth Thornton (Needham, Mass./Needham) passed the ball from 20 yards out to the center of the shooting circle and the ball was tipped by Gouveia. After Healey had a save following a penalty corner at 45:37, Andrade was there to stop the rebounded shot for a defensive save to keep the score close. However, the Skyhawks added two late goals by Giordano in the 59th minute and Gouveia in the 66th minute.
Saint Michael's returns to action when it travels to Saint Anselm College on Tuesday at 4 p.m.