COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team fell to nationally-ranked LIU Post, 3-0, in a Northeast-10 Conference contest on Saturday during Senior Day at Duffy Field. The loss moves the Purple Knights' records to 4-10 overall and 1-7 in the conference. The win improves the Pioneers' records to 9-3 and 5-3. LIU Post is ranked fifth in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll.
Senior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) made 10 saves for the Purple Knights, becoming the sixth goalkeeper in program history with multiple 100-save seasons. Junior Alyssa Lopresti scored all three goals for the visitors. Junior Grace Ilias and sophomores Bailey Martin and Emily Miller each recorded an assist. Senior Ericka Parks made two saves in the shutout, playing the first 61:07. Classmate Savanah Cummings went untested in relief.
At 2:45, Lopresti received a pass from Miller just above the right post and put a shot past Bowie to open the scoring during a two-on-one. Eight minutes later, Lopresti received a pass from Martin in the circle and fired a shot past Bowie to give LIU Post a 2-0 lead at 11:04. Early in the 21st minute sophomore Molly Cunha found open space in the circle and fired three straight shots, but Bowie denied each attempt. The teams went into halftime with the score at 2-0.
Following a penalty corner in the 42nd minute, senior Steph Mocerino fired a high arching shot that Bowie reached up to knock away with her blocker. In the 52nd minute senior Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) took a shot that was saved by Parks, and senior Abby Dusha (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) tracked down the rebound but missed wide to the left on a quality scoring chance.
At 56:31, Lopresti completed her hat trick following an Ilias feed with a shot from the right side of the circle that hit the left side of goal. The Purple Knights were unable to generate another shot on goal as they attempted to come back in the final 14 minutes.
Saint Michael's honored its six seniors prior to the contest: Avery, Bowie, Dusha, Kate Baltich (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker), Kimberly MacPhail (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown) and Monica Miles (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy).
Up next for Saint Michael's is a conference game at home against No. 6 Saint Anselm College on Wednesday at 3 p.m.