Deschaine nets pair, field hockey downs Southern Connecticut State, 4-1

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team downed one of four remaining squads undefeated in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday, knocking off Southern Connecticut State University, 4-1, on Duffy Field. The Purple Knights, who opened a three-game homestand, are now 3-7 overall and 1-2 in the league, while the Owls move to 2-7 and 2-1.

The Purple and Gold was led by sophomore Megan Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens), who knocked in two goals. Junior Cassaundra Davis (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) added a goal and an assist, while senior Kelly Celata (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) rounded out the scoring for Saint Michael's. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Healey (Canton, Mass./Canton) made six saves in the win.

First-year Jaime Matson (East Hartland, Conn./Simsbury) scored the lone Owl goal, and sophomore Anna Marcucilli (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) posted two defensive saves. Classmates Audrey Dolloff (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) and Marisa McCann (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) split time in net for Southern Connecticut State, making one and four saves, respectively.

Each of the Purple Knights' first three goals came off of penalty corners, which were their initial three corners of the contest. Celata opened the scoring in the 14th minute, deflecting a penalty corner pass from junior Meghan Ahearn (Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee). A little less than seven minutes later, the Purple Knights capitalized on another penalty corner, as Deschaine netted her first of the day at 21:05 by deflecting Davis' shot from the top of the circle. The last goal of the first half came at 33:07, as Deschaine grabbed her own rebound and notched her second goal of the day.

After much back-and-forth play during the second half, the Purple Knights added to their lead when Davis scored her sixth goal of the season, picking up a rebound in front at 61:24. With a little less than four minutes remaining, the Owls got on the board when Matson knocked in sophomore Lauren Anderson's (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) cross from inside the circle.

Saint Michael's hosts Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., the teams' second match-up in three weeks. The Purple Knights took a 6-4 decision in Rindge, N.H., on Sept. 19.

-- by Greer Lemnah '14