Field hockey blanks Dowling, 4-0, during non-conference action

Field hockey blanks Dowling, 4-0, during non-conference action

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team beat Dowling College, 4-0, during non-conference play at Duffy Field on Saturday. The Purple Knights improve to 3-2, while the Golden Lions drop to 1-6.

Senior Cassaundra Davis (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) and sophomore Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) both registered a goal and an assist, and junior Micaele Heil (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) and first-year Marjolein Kerstjens (Bilthoven, The Netherlands/Werkplaats Kindergemeenschap) also tallied their first college goals for the Purple Knights. Senior Samantha Burns (North Creek, N.Y./Johnsburg Central) and junior Megan Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) provided assists as well, while senior goalkeeper Sarah Healey (Canton, Mass./Canton) collected three saves for her first career shutout. Junior Ariana Ovadia (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) posted 14 stops in the loss.

Playing in their second game in as many days, the Purple Knights opened the game with five shots during the first 12:55 of action, with Ovadia making a pair of stops. Saint Michael's found its way onto the scoreboard when Davis scored her third goal of the season at 15:17. Off a pass from Deschaine, Davis let loose a weak-side shot that sailed over Ovadia's left shoulder and into the goal. The tally proved to be the game-winner and was the seventh career winning score by Davis, moving her past Jenn Gray '04 and into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time list.

Saint Michael's added to its lead after Avery fired a shot past Ovadia's right leg pad at 17:14 for her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Ovadia came up with four more saves, including three in a 45-second span, to keep the margin at 2-0. Kerstjens then extended the Purple and Gold's lead to three when she struck the ball from the top of the circle and into the net at 29:50 to pick up her first collegiate marker. Avery assisted.

The Purple Knight continued the offensive pace with 13 shots during the opening 23:26 of the second half. Burns dished to Heil in the 59th minute, and Heil's pass across the goal mouth went off a defender and in at 58:32 to make the game a four-goal affair. Dowling finished the second stanza with just two shots, including a Healey right pad save at 50:05.

Saint Michael's concludes a four-game homestand next Saturday when it takes on Franklin Pierce University at 2:30 p.m.