SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Sophomore Janelle Robinson's (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) first collegiate goal in the 58th minute stood as the only scoring in the Saint Michael's College field hockey team's 1-0 victory against American International College on Wednesday at Abdow Field. The Northeast-10 Conference foes, which were playing a non-league contest, both moved to 2-1. They meet in NE-10 play on Oct. 26 in Colchester.
Robinson, one of three reserves used by the Purple Knights, helped her squad extend its series winning streak to four contest with the Yellow Jackets. Senior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) made six saves for her fourth career shutout. Sophomore Taylor Ross had five stops for AIC.
Each team took three penalty corners during a scoreless first half while the hosts held an 8-6 edge in shots. The Yellow Jackets fired off the first eight shots, with Bowie making three of her saves alone in a 48-second span that started toward the end of the 10th minute. Saint Michael's attempted the final six shots, with each of the first five reaching Ross. In the 17th minute, senior Abby Dusha (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) was stopped by the keeper before again being turned away on an ensuing penalty corner sequence. Dusha had another try blocked on a corner play in the 32nd minute, and the teams remained scoreless at halftime.
In the second stanza, Bowie made a stop 59 seconds into a half during which she made three saves and Saint Michael's scored on one of its two shots. Bowie saved senior Emma Heroth's shot late in the 53rd minute, just seconds before Robinson entered the contest as a sub. Late in the 57th minute, senior Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) sent a pass to Robinson, who was stopped on her first attempt but scored on a second try at 57:04. Bowie recorded one last stop on sophomore Anna King in the 65th minute on the game's final shot.
The Purple Knights take on Southern New Hampshire University for their home opener next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.