Saint Michael's Takes No. 1 Shippensburg to OT Before Falling, Hurley Makes 13 Stops

Saint Michael's Takes No. 1 Shippensburg to OT Before Falling, Hurley Makes 13 Stops

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Senior Emily Barnard scored 8:18 into overtime, as the Saint Michael's College field hockey team lost to No. 1 Shippensburg (Pa.) University, 2-1, on Saturday evening during the SHIP Field Hockey Classic at the Robb Sports Complex.

The Purple Knights were opening their season by taking on the defending Division II national champion, which they have now played to one-goal decisions twice in the past four years. The Raiders, ranked first in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll, were also beginning their campaign.

Sophomore MaKayla Foster (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union) scored her first career goal for Saint Michael's, while classmate Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) made 13 saves in her college debut, including eight in the second half and three during overtime. She was the first Purple Knight keeper other than Abigail Bowie '17 to appear since Nov. 15, 2014, after Bowie played all 2,604:27 of her team's minutes the last two seasons. Senior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) registered a defensive save during the overtime session, juniors Claire Kondrotas (Barre, Mass./Quabbin Regional) and Katie Leonard (Carmel, N.Y./The Ursuline School) made defensive stops in the final eight minutes of regulation, and senior Jackie Matthews (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) assisted Foster.

First-year Aerin Kolfoort netted the initial Shippensburg goal, while classmate Jazmin Petrantonio assisted both tallies. Junior Ally Mooney picked up four saves.

Today's contest marked the 15th time in 16 years that Saint Michael's opposed Shippensburg, a qualifier for 12 of the past 14 NCAA Tournaments, during an early-season tournament. The Purple Knights are competing in a season-opening tournament with Shippensburg, Mansfield (Pa.) University and Southern Connecticut State University for the ninth straight fall.

In a scoreless opening half, Hurley made a save - the first of her career - in the 17th minute off of Barnard's shot, and the Raiders followed with three consecutive shots that were off target following a penalty corner later that minute. Sophomore Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) was denied in the 27th minute, and junior Maddy Dobecki's (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) attempt during a corner sequence was also saved. Hurley registered another stop in the 30th minute, and a final Raider shot in the 35th minute was blocked.

On the first shot of the second half, Kolfoort broke the deadlock at 37:57, deflecting Petrantonio's shot from the top of the circle during a penalty corner set. Hurley kept it 1-0 with back-to-back saves in the 40th minute, and junior Janelle Robinson (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) was turned away by the Shippensburg netminder less than three minutes later. At 50:29, Foster found the equalizer thanks to Matthews' helper.

Hurley stopped Barnard in the 55th minute before a Raider's follow-up try went wide, kicking off a 12-plus-minute span during which Hurley had four saves and Kondrotas and Leonard notched their defensive stops. Junior Morgan Johnston's (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) go-ahead shot in the 66th minute was saved by Mooney, and Hurley turned away senior Brooke Sheibley in the 69th minute, leaving overtime necessary to decide the contest.

Barnard opened overtime with back-to-back shots late in the 71st minute, but Hurley saved the first before Deschaine cleared the second out of danger for her defensive stop. A third Raider attempt during the sequence was blocked. In the 79th minute, Shippensburg clinched the victory, as Hurley stopped a first shot by Barnard and a second by Sheibley, but Petrantonio grabbed the rebound and assisted Barnard's winner at 78:18.

The Purple Knights complete play at the SHIP Field Hockey Classic tomorrow against Mansfield at 11 a.m.