Field hockey opens two-game New York weekend with loss to Adelphi

Field hockey opens two-game New York weekend with loss to Adelphi

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team opened a two-game weekend road trip to New York with a 5-0 loss to Adelphi University on Saturday at Motamed Field. The Purple Knights slipped to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Panthers are 4-3 and 1-1. Adelphi, which was nationally ranked as recently as last week, qualified for the past two NCAA Tournaments.

Senior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) recorded eight saves for Saint Michael's, which is amid a run of playing three road games in four days. Senior Lena Pollich scored twice for the Panthers, and classmate Natalina Sagliocca, junior Elizabeth Mercuri and first-year Elissa Frein all netted one goal. Junior Jamie Ahrens had two assists, and classmate Amanda Gargiulo did not make a save in the shutout.

Bowie made six of her saves in the first half, including a pair in the opening 3:18, before Sagliocca netted the winner at 5:38, being fed out front by sophomore Charlotte Smith. Bowie recorded two saves 24 seconds apart in the 33rd and 34th minutes to keep it 1-0 before the Panthers ran off a penalty corner play, and Ahrens found Frein at the right side of the circle for another tally at 34:01. The Purple Knights earned a penalty corner as time wound down, but they were unable to fire off any shots after beginning the play with time elapsed.

Senior Abby Dusha (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) pushed a Saint Michael's attempt wide in the 42nd minute before Pollich added to her team's advantage in the 46th minute, sending a corner entry pass before deflecting home Ahrens' blast from the top of the circle. Following a failed Adelphi corner play in the 53rd minute, Dusha's quick counter led to another Saint Michael's shot being blocked, and Mercuri scored in the 57th minute on a deflection. Pollich tipped home her second tally in the 62nd minute.

The Purple Knights oppose Molloy College for the first time tomorrow at 1 p.m. in East Rockaway, N.Y.