COLCHESTER, Vt. - Senior Tori Ellis' goal 1:59 into overtime capped a wild final 15 minutes, as the Saint Michael's College field hockey team lost to Bentley University, 4-3, on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights fell to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the league, while the Falcons are 6-5 and 4-1. This was the third straight overtime game for each squad, as four of the last five have now gone to extra sessions for the Purple and Gold.
Senior Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) scored twice for Saint Michael's, and junior Jackie Matthews (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) also tallied. Senior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) totaled three saves, while classmate Monica Miles (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) collected two defensive saves. The Purple Knights, who opened a three-game homestand, have now played six consecutive one-goal games with Bentley.
Junior Rebecca Schroder led the visitors with two goals, while Ellis and first-year Sam Pavano both notched a goal and an assist. Sophomore Jana Mones made one save for the win while playing the second half and overtime in relief of senior Evelyn Schaedel, who had five first-half stops.
With her team carrying a 2-1 lead into the second half, Bowie denied a one-timer at the right post in the 39th minute before stopping a 52nd-minute bid, and Miles came up with a defensive save in the 54th minute to maintain the edge, clearing a ball out of the circle as the last line of defense after the shot went to Bowie's right. Not even three minutes later, Avery sent home her second goal of the day, backhanding a shot into the upper right corner of the net at 56:22 to make it 3-1.
During a 6:55 span between the end of regulation and overtime, Bentley scored three times on four shots, all during penalty corner sequences. At 65:04, Pavano blasted home a shot from the left side of the arc off an Ellis pass. Only 2:13 later, Pavano's hit from the top of the circle was redirected in at the left post by Schroder, tying the contest. Avery had one last chance to give her team the lead but sent a shot from just inside the circle wide right with 39 seconds left in regulation. On the only shot of overtime, Ellis rolled a shot through traffic in the circle, with a teammate swinging and missing at an attempt to make contact but the ball continuing into the net at 71:59.
Avery was turned away by Schaedel from the doorstep late in the first minute of the game, and Bowie stopped a backhanded attempt from the top of the arc in the third minute before Matthews had a pair of shots stopped 27 seconds apart in the third and fourth minutes. Bentley broke through for the first goal at 15:30, as first-year Keally Ingersoll deked Bowie out of the net before Miles made her first defensive save, but Schroder crashed the net and knocked home the rebound.
Matthews found the equalizer at 22:09, finishing out front after receiving a long feed from junior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens). Avery put the Purple Knights ahead 10:47 later, one-timing home senior Abby Dusha's (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) backhanded pass. The hosts continued to lead 2-1 at halftime.
The Purple Knights host Pace University for the first time next Saturday at 2 p.m.