Purple Knights lose fourth straight one-goal contest to Bentley, 3-2

Purple Knights lose fourth straight one-goal contest to Bentley, 3-2

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team suffered its fourth consecutive one-goal defeat to Bentley University on Saturday, dropping a 3-2 decision at Bentley Field during Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights, who began a seven-game stretch during which time six games occur on the road, are 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the league, while the Falcons improved to 6-4 and 4-1.

Junior Abby Dusha (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) scored both of the Purple and Gold's tallies, classmate Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) had one save, and senior Kelsie Miller (Templeton, Mass./Narragansett Regional) picked up a defensive stop. Both teams fired off nine shots during the contest, while the visitors held a 7-5 edge in penalty corners.

Senior Becca Moore scored twice for Bentley, and first-year Rachel Crowley netted a marker. Junior Evelyn Schaedel recorded three saves.

Moore got her team on the board just 1:58 into play, knocking home a loose ball near the goal line on the second shot of the contest. Schaedel picked up stops in the fifth and seventh minutes to keep it 1-0 before Crowley doubled the lead in the latter portion of the stanza, beating Bowie to a loose ball on the left side of the circle and slipping a shot to the far post at 26:12. Miller helped her team avert further damage with a defensive save in the 34th minute, and Saint Michael's trailed 2-0 at halftime.

On the opening shot of the second half, Dusha halved her team's deficit, knocking home junior Carolyn Avery's (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) centering pass at 39:49. However, Moore reestablished the one-goal advantage in the 50th minute, redirecting senior Meghan Talerman's pass into the circle on the second of back-to-back Bentley penalty corners. Saint Michael's controlled the ensuing 14 minutes, collecting the only five corners and four shots during that time. In the 59th minute, Dusha again brought Saint Michael's within a goal, this time tipping home junior back Monica Miles' (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) penalty-corner drive.

The Purple Knights' final opportunity came in the 64th minute, when Dusha's hat trick bid was denied by Schaedel during a penalty-corner sequence. Bentley allowed no further shots to the visitors.

Saint Michael's heads to varsity newcomer Pace University next Saturday for a 12 p.m. contest.