Field hockey takes Bentley to shootout before losing 4-3 decision

Field hockey takes Bentley to shootout before losing 4-3 decision

WALTHAM, Mass. - Senior Cassaundra Davis (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) and junior Micaele Heil (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) scored 39 seconds apart in the final four minutes of regulation to force overtime before the Saint Michael's College field hockey team fell to Bentley University, 4-3, in a shootout on Tuesday at Bentley Field. In their final non-league game of the regular season, the Purple Knights slipped to 4-3, while the Falcons are 3-3.

Davis finished the night with two goals, improving her career total to 27 and passing Kathy O'Neil '81 (26) for ninth in program history while matching Marie Lane '89 for eighth. With 64 points, Davis is one shy of tying Lane for 10th all time. Heil potted her second goal in three games, while senior Meghan Ahearn (Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee) posted her first career defensive save. Classmate Jackie Chisholm (New Braintree, Mass./Quabbin Regional) had 10 stops, including seven in the overtime periods.

Senior Gina Lirange (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) and juniors Meghan Talerman (Centerville, Mass./Barnstable) and Leah Winer (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) all scored for the Falcons, and sophomore Tori Ellis (Madison, N.J./Madison) had two assists and two defensive saves. Classmate Evelyn Schaedel (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) made five stops.

In a frenetic final 10 minutes of regulation, Chisholm notched a stop in the 60th minute before Bentley ran off consecutive penalty corners, with Talerman scoring off of the second one from close range at 60:56 to extend her team's lead to 3-1. Despite being down one player following a 66th-minute green card, the Purple Knights pushed to tie in the closing minutes, as Heil was stopped once on a penalty-corner play before snagging her own rebound and scoring at 66:11. Just 39 seconds later, Davis tallied on a back-handed shot to knot the contest and force overtime.

After the teams stood tied at three following two scoreless 15-minute overtime periods, they headed to a shootout. During the opening round, when each team took five attempts, both squads scored on their first shots. Bentley, which shot first, nabbed a 2-1 edge on its third try, and the Purple Knights appeared to have knotted the shootout during their fifth and final attempt. However, it was ruled that the fifth Saint Michael's player shot out of order, and the make was negated, handing Bentley the victory.

During the opening 15-minute overtime period, Bentley took the only six shots, with Chisholm stopping the four sent on cage, including making back-to-back stops toward the end of the 79th minute. Ellis made a defensive save on senior Samantha Burns (North Creek, N.Y./Johnsburg Central) in the 92nd minute, and Chisholm twice denied Lirange before Schaedel came up with two 98th-minute stops. With time expired in the second overtime, Bentley ran off a penalty-corner sequence that ended with Chisholm making her 10th save of the contest.

Winer got Bentley on the board first by redirecting Ellis' penalty-corner pass at 25:40, but Davis found the equalizer just 1:38 later, sending home a blast from the right side. Ellis stopped Burns for a defensive save for the first time in the 31st minute, and Ahearn notched one of her own on Lirange in the 34th minute. Lirange put the Falcons ahead with no time remaining in the half when she converted a penalty-corner pass from Ellis. In a 2-1 game, Chisholm made two stops in the second stanza prior to the hosts extending their lead late.

The Purple Knights open October with three consecutive Northeast-10 Conference home games, beginning with a Saturday contest against American International College at 2:30 p.m.