WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team trailed by one goal until the late stages of a 4-2 loss at Bentley University on Wednesday at Bentley Field. The Purple Knights are 6-8 overall and 3-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Falcons improved to 4-10 and 4-6.
Senior back Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) put home her team-leading seventh tally, junior Morgan Johnston (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) also scored, and classmate Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) dished a pair of assists. Sophomore Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), who had registered shutouts in the prior two contests, made two saves.
Junior Niki Neidhart recorded a goal and an assist for Bentley, while classmates Frankie Tossona and Morgan Van Epps and sophomore Sam Pavano all scored once. First-year Tatiana Naclerio had one stop.
On its lone shot of the opening half, Saint Michael's went up 1-0 at 8:39 when Deschaine scored from up close following Dobecki's return pass off of Deschaine's penalty corner entry. Bentley responded with the next nine shots, scoring three goals before the stanza ended. Tossona countered the visitors' goal by burying a penalty stroke at 10:46, and Pavano put the Falcons up for good in the 29th minute by blasting home a long shot off Neidhart's corner pass. Just 3:48 later, Neidhart put in a rebound after Hurley denied her initial attempt.
During the 53rd minute, the Purple Knights cut their deficit back to one. Deschaine had an initial shot during a corner sequence stopped by Naclerio, but Dobecki later sent a short feed for Johnston, who slipped a shot from in close just inside the left post at 53:18 to complete the stretch. In a half where the Purple and Gold held advantages of 5-3 in shots and 4-3 in corners, Saint Michael's ran off another corner in the 61st minute that yielded no shots before Dobecki and senior Micaela Hajduk (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) both had tying bids blocked in the 64th minute. Van Epps iced the victory by driving in a shot from 10 yards out from the middle of the circle at 66:13.
The Purple Knights host Adelphi University on Saturday for Senior Day at 11 a.m.