Purple Knights fall to Pace, 4-2, in teams' first meeting

Purple Knights fall to Pace, 4-2, in teams' first meeting

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - In their first meeting ever, the Saint Michael's College field hockey team lost to Pace University, 4-2, on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play at Finnerty Field. The Purple Knights are now 4-6 overall and 1-5 in the league, while the Setters improved to 3-8 and 1-5.

Saint Michael's, which had last played on Oct. 3, kicked off a stretch of three games in four days, including two on the road. Senior Megan Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) had a goal and an assist, while classmate Mackenzie Hudson (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) also scored. Junior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) made 12 saves, just two shy of her season high.

Pace is in its first year of varsity competition but has played a handful of close games, losing three times by one goal, including to defending national champion Millersville (Pa.) University in its debut contest. First-year Halley Rose notched two goals and an assist, and sophomore Najmah James and first-year Samantha Gray also scored once apiece. Sophomore Lesly Sanchez Alvarez did not make any saves, while junior Brittany Predmore picked up a defensive save.

Pace got on the board in the seventh minute, as the fourth shot in a sequence following a penalty corner found the back of the net when Rose deflected Quirine van der Meijs' shot at 6:34. Sophomore Jackie Matthews (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) had a tying attempt for Saint Michael's blocked in the 17th minute, and Bowie followed with four saves during the remainder of the opening half to keep it 1-0 by the intermission.

Bowie stopped two more shots in the early portion of the second stanza before Gray redirected Rose's blocked pass at 36:47. Rose's one-timer at 46:21 pushed the Setter lead to three, but the Purple Knights twice chipped within two. In the 51st minute, Hudson sent a penalty corner entry pass toward the top of the circle for Deschaine, who knocked a pass back to the left post for Hudson to tap home. James picked up the loose ball off a turnover and carried down the right side before beating Bowie at 54:06, but Deschaine converted a penalty stroke at 65:13. That proved to be the visitors' final scoring opportunity.

Saint Michael's is back in action tomorrow for a 1 p.m. non-conference contest at Mercy (N.Y.) College.