COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team fell in a Northeast-10 Conference game against No. 3 Saint Anselm College, 3-0, at Duffy Field on Wednesday. With the loss, the Purple Knights now hold a record of 4-11 overall and 1-8 in NE-10 play. The win helps improve Saint Anselm's record to 13-2 and 8-1. The Hawks were ranked No. 3 in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll.
Senior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) made eight saves in the contest, with six occurring in the second half. Sophomore Katie Leonard (Carmel, N.Y./The Ursuline School) recorded a defensive save. For the Hawks, juniors Erin Collins, Katie Neyland and Mia Vecchione each scored a goal. Senior Kelsey Leblanc and sophomore Anna Drakeley both registered an assist. Senior Katherine Sears went untested in the shutout.
Following a Collins penalty corner in the 14th minute, Leblanc sent a pass to the top of the circle for Neyland, who finished neatly with a shot to the right side of the goal to give Saint Anselm a 1-0 lead at 13:39. In the 20th minute, Leblanc fired a hard shot from the top of the circle that Bowie was able to stop and steer away to safety by kicking out her right pad. The Purple Knights held the Hawks to just four shots as the teams entered halftime with the score at 1-0.
Late in the 37th minute junior Jackie Guillemette received a lead pass from classmate Allia Connolly that sent her in alone on Bowie. Connolly released a shot headed toward the left side of goal that was stifled by Bowie, who dropped her right pad perpendicular to the ground for the save. At 46:27, Neyland fired a shot from the top of the circle that snuck past Bowie's left pad before being stopped and cleared by Leonard for the defensive save.
In the 54th minute, Collins sent a penalty corner entry pass to Drakeley, whose return pass toward the left post was tipped up and in by Collins. Early in the 63rd minute Connolly let go of a shot that Bowie dropped down to keep out with another pad save. At 65:17, Connolly finished a rebound that followed a shot by first-year Emma Bartle, which gave the Hawks a 3-0 lead that they would maintain until the game's conclusion.
Up next for the Purple Knights is a NE-10 road contest against Assumption College on Saturday at 4 p.m.