COLCHESTER, Vt. - In its first home game since Sept. 29, the Saint Michael's College field hockey team knocked off Southern New Hampshire University, 4-1, on Tuesday at Duffy Field during a Northeast-10 Conference contest. The Purple Knights improved to 5-7 overall and 2-5 in the league during their lone home game of a current seven-game stretch, while the Penmen are 2-11 and 0-8.
Senior Morgan Mazanec (Shelburne, Mass./Mohawk Trail Regional) scored twice for the hosts, while classmate Micaele Heil (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) and sophomore Micaela Hajduk (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) both tacked on a marker. Junior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) had six saves, and first-year Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) notched a defensive stop.
Sophomore Amaris Taylor scored for Southern New Hampshire, while classmate Jill Piacitelli made seven saves. First-year Lindsey Poirier added a defensive save.
The Purple Knights scored on three of their first seven shots, taking a 3-0 lead by halftime. In the eighth minute, junior Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) had a penalty-corner shot stopped by Piacitelli, and the rebound found Mazanec out front. Mazanec sent the ball toward the right post, where Poirier made a defensive save, but the rebound bounced back to Heil, who slipped a follow-up attempt inside the right post at 7:21.
Avery carried along the end line in the 18th minute before sending a centering cross for Mazanec, whose one-timer made it 2-0 at 17:22. During a penalty-corner set in the 29th minute, senior Mackenzie Hudson (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) crossed for Hajduk, who dove at the right post to knock in her second tally of the season with 28:15 elapsed.
Taylor got the Penmen on the board just after the intermission, sending a penalty corner entry pass to sophomore Erin Frost before receiving a return pass and driving a one-timer home from deep on the left side of the circle at 39:49. Dobecki's defensive save allowed Saint Michael's to maintain its two-goal lead in the 52nd minute, stopping sophomore Mikaela Gauvain's attempt while a Penmen teammate waited at the far post.
Mazanec concluded the scoring at 64:45, tipping home a drive by junior Abby Dusha (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) from the top of the circle.
The Purple Knights head to two-time defending national runner-up LIU Post on Saturday at 12 p.m. The Pioneers won the last two NE-10 regular-season crowns.