COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team fell to Southern New Hampshire University, 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Duffy Field. The two Northeast-10 Conference teams were competing in a non-league game. With the result, each team moved to 2-2 overall on the young season. They will meet again on Oct. 11 at Southern New Hampshire.
Junior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) scored a goal and added a defensive save, and classmate Jackie Matthews (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) contributed a tally of her own. Sophomore Nicole White (Cranston, R.I./Lincoln School) and first-year Danielle Bachand (Starksboro, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) each added assists for the Purple Knights, the first points of their careers. Senior goalkeeper Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) recorded 11 saves in the game for Saint Michael's.
Sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Rennie made eight stops for the Penmen. First-years Isabel Hoyt, Laura van der Doorn and Kylee Veilleux scored a goal apiece to pace the Southern New Hampshire offense, with each player notching the first tally of their careers.
In the 14th minute, a flurry occurred inside the Saint Michael's box. Bowie turned away a shot from Southern New Hampshire sophomore Lindsey Poirier that rebounded onto the stick of sophomore Maddie Holt. Holt lined up a shot that was knocked down by Deschaine before it could cross the goal line. At the 17:05 mark, Hoyt tallied her first collegiate marker off a rebound at the left post.
In the 22nd minute, Deschaine sent in one of the Purple Knights' 11 penalty corners on the day and moments later White found her on a short pass close to the goal line. Deschaine accepted the pass before depositing the ball into the back of the net. In the 30th minute van der Doorn attempted two shots on goal for the Penmen. The first was stopped by Bowie but van der Doorn was able to gather the rebound and put the second one past Bowie to move the score to 2-1. Minutes later, Poirier sent a long cross into the box that Veilleux tipped past Bowie, moving the score to 3-1 at the 32:54 mark.
In the 47th minute, Bachand hit a ball hard from outside the circle that Matthews was able to tip into the cage for her second goal of the season. In the 58th minute Bowie stopped three straight shots by Holt in a 12-second span, including two point-blank opportunities, holding the score at 3-2. Saint Michael's was unable to follow with any game-tying shot attempts.
The Purple Knights' next contest is its NE-10 opener at nationally-ranked Stonehill College on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Skyhawks are fifth in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll.