MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team hit the road against No. 5 Saint Anselm College on Wednesday, leaving with a 3-1 Northeast-10 Conference loss at Grappone Stadium. On Sept. 7, the two teams had met in a non-league contest in which the Purple Knights also fell 3-1.
The Purple Knights are now 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the NE10 while the Hawks are 6-0 and 2-0. Saint Anselm, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four last season, is ranked nationally by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
First-year Marieke Algie (De Bilt, The Netherlands/Utrechts Stedelijk Gymnasium) scored the lone goal for the Purple Knights, the first of her career, with sophomore MaKayla Foster (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union) adding the assist. Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) recorded two saves in the game. The Purple Knights held the Hawks to four shots during the second half.
Seniors Emma Kincaid, Katie Neyland, and Leika Scott notched a goal each for the Hawks with classmate Mia Vecchione pitching in an assist. First-year goalkeeper Julia Hand made four stops.
At 6:15, Neyland hit a shot from the top of the arc to record her first goal of the season. Vecchoine set Scott up 2:44 later at 8:59 to extend the Hawk lead to 2-0. The Purple Knights had back-to-back shots during the 17th minute from Algie and first-year Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic) and then two straight from junior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) in the 22nd minute with Hand grasping all four shots. Saint Michael's struck during the 23rd minute as Foster passed from the right side to the left where Algie took a big swing to find the back of the net, and the visitors ended the first stanza down 2-1.
During a 3:37 span that ended in the 45th minute, Hurley faced four penalty corners along with two shots, stopping the only attempt on net. Kincaid didn't post the final goal until the 66th minute, scoring from just inside the circle to the left side of the net.
The Purple Knights host back-to-back home contests this weekend starting with Assumption College on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College on Sunday at 12 p.m.