MANCHESTER, N.H. - Three goals in the opening 14:42 lifted the 10th-ranked Saint Michael's College field hockey team past Southern New Hampshire University, 3-0, on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play at Larkin Field. The Purple Knights, whose ranking is according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), move to 8-3 overall and 4-0 in the league, maintaining first place in the conference while continuing their best start in 12 seasons. The Penmen are 1-9 and 0-3.
Saint Michael's played only its fourth game away from home this season, as it opened a regular-season-ending eight-game stretch where six contests are occurring on the road. Sophomore Abby Dusha (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) had a goal and an assist, while seniors Cassaundra Davis (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) and Amy Kangas (East Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) also scored. Davis' goal was the 29th of her career, tying her with Chrissy Daly '02 for seventh in program annals. Junior Megan Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) posted two assists, and senior Jackie Chisholm (New Braintree, Mass./Quabbin Regional) worked the one-save shutout for her third clean sheet of the fall.
Junior Cassandra Nickerson (Newton, N.H./Sanborn Regional) posted three stops for Southern New Hampshire.
Saint Michael's struck quickly to take the lead for good, as Davis and Deschaine worked a 2-on-1 break in the fourth minute, with Deschaine ultimately setting Davis up for her 10th goal of the season at 3:55. In the 12th minute, Deschaine dished to Dusha among traffic in front of the net, with Dusha making it 2-0 at 11:47. Dusha fed Kangas in the middle of the circle for another marker at 14:42 for what proved to be the final scoring. The second half saw both teams combine for nine shots, but none made it through to the cages, and post a combined 12 penalty corners during a scoreless period.
The Purple Knights head to Assumption College next Saturday for a 4 p.m. game.