MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team concluded a three-game road swing with a 3-0 loss to Saint Anselm College on Wednesday afternoon at Grappone Stadium during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 6-9 overall and 2-7 in the league, while the Hawks, who slipped out of the national poll this week, are 12-3 and 6-3.
Junior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) made eight saves for Saint Michael's, which held even with the hosts at 13 shots apiece while collecting an 11-4 advantage in penalty corners. Bowie's 120 stops this season are the most by a Purple Knight since Jordan Smalling '09 had 125 in 2008, and are the second-best figure since 1998.
Sophomore Katie Neyland led Saint Anselm with a goal and an assist, while classmates Erin Collins and Emma Kincaid also scored. Junior Rose Mooney dished off two assists, classmate Katherine Sears worked the 10-save shutout, and senior Nicole Rugan picked up a defensive stop.
The Hawks rattled off the first six shots of the game while nabbing a 2-0 lead by 7:37. On a penalty-corner set, Mooney crossed to the left post for Kincaid, who netted the opening marker after 2:39 had elapsed. Just 4:58 later, Mooney's cross went off Bowie's pads to Neyland, who went five-hole.
Saint Michael's held a 12-2 advantage in shots during the remainder of the half but was kept off the board. During an 11th-minute penalty-corner sequence, junior Abby Dusha (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) was denied by Sears, and Rogan notched a defensive save on senior Mackenzie Hudson's (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) follow-up attempt. Following another corner in the 20th minute, Saint Anselm made it 3-0, as Neyland passed to the left post for Collins, who extended the lead at 19:38.
In the 28th minute, first-year Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) had a bid denied, and Hudson sent a second try wide. The 30th minute saw juniors Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) and Monica Miles (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) fire back-to-back shots into Sears and Saint Michael's be awarded an ensuing penalty stroke, but the Hawk netminder also turned away that attempt. With time elapsed in the half, sophomore Jackie Matthews (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) had a penalty-corner shot stopped.
The teams generated fewer offensive opportunities in the second half, with Saint Anselm taking five of the six shots and Saint Michael's holding a 3-1 edge in corners. Senior Megan Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) took the lone Purple Knight try, in the 45th minute, but Sears recorded the save. Bowie denied three consecutive shots in the 60th minute to keep her team within three, and a pair of corner plays by the visitors in the closing nine minutes ended without a shot being attempted.
Two of the Purple Knights' final three regular-season contests occur at home, beginning on Saturday against nationally-ranked Assumption College at 3 p.m. The Greyhounds were seventh in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll.