COLCHESTER, Vt. - First-year Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic) scored her first two collegiate goals as one of four multi-point scorers in the Saint Michael's College field hockey team's 5-0 shutout of Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College on Sunday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights swept a two-game weekend while improving to 4-4, while the Spartans slipped to 2-7.
Fluharty scored twice in the second half for the hosts, while seniors Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) and Jackie Matthews (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) and junior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) all had a goal and an assist. Sophomore Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) stopped the only shot she faced for her third shutout of the season. First-year Suzanne Clarke made 15 saves for the visitors.
The teams stood scoreless until the latter portion of the first half, as Saint Michael's netted two goals in a matter of 8:12. Sophomore Nell Criscione (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) had a shot turned away by Clarke in the 19th minute before Dobecki gathered the rebound on the right side of the circle and sent an aerial shot into the cage at 18:47. In the 27th minute, Deschaine wove through the defense and sent a ball into the circle for junior Morgan Johnston (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), who turned under pressure and slipped a pass toward the right post for Matthews, who made it 2-0 at 26:59.
Fluharty potted her first career tally just 53 seconds after halftime, standing out front to redirect Matthews' long cross. A little more than 10 minutes later, Deschaine's penalty corner pass went to the top of the circle for Dobecki, and the return pass to the lower left part of the circle found Deschaine, who slid a shot into the right side of the net at 45:34. Fluharty added to the lead with 19 seconds to go, converting at the left post following Deschaine's corner dish.
The Purple Knights rest until visiting No. 10 Merrimack College on Friday at 4 p.m. The Warriors, whose ranking is according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), qualified for four of the last six NCAA Tournaments.