MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team earned its second straight 4-0 victory on Wednesday, downing Southern New Hampshire University at Larkin Field. Both teams, which are Northeast-10 Conference foes but were competing in a non-league game, are 2-1 on the season. They will meet in a league affair on Oct. 13 at Duffy Field in Colchester.
Junior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) recorded eight saves for her second straight shutout, and four players scored. Senior Mackenzie Hudson (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton), junior Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington), and sophomores Micaela Hajduk (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) and Jackie Matthews (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) all found the back of the net, with Hajduk potting her first college marker. Senior Morgan Mazanec (Shelburne, Mass./Mohawk Trail Regional) provided two assists, pushing her point total to nine through three games. Sophomore Jill Piacitelli made seven stops for the Penmen.
Saint Michael's netted all four of its goals during a 23:11 span of the opening half, beginning with Avery's winner at 6:49 after she came up with a steal and went unabated to goal. In the 17th minute, Mazanec grabbed the rebound of her saved shot and slipped a pass from the left side of the circle to Matthews, whose redirection hit the back of the cage at 16:14. Just 6:36 later, first-year Maddy Dobecki's (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) penalty-corner hit from beyond the arc was tipped home by Hudson from the center of the circle.
Late in the stanza, Mazanec sent a penalty-corner feed out to the perimeter before receiving the ball back near the end line. After her cross-crease pass went bounding past a teammate and Penmen defenders, Hajduk dove at the right post to knock in the loose ball at the 30-minute mark. Bowie kept Southern New Hampshire off the board by making seven of her stops in the second half alone, including five during the closing 11:14.
The Purple Knights continue a season-opening five-game stretch during which four contests occur at home when they take on American International College on Saturday at 1 p.m.