RINDGE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team allowed one goal for the third straight game on Tuesday but suffered a 1-0 setback at Franklin Pierce University on Sodexo Field in Northeast-10 Conference play.
- Saint Michael's (1-9, 1-5 NE10), Franklin Pierce (6-5, 3-3 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Sophomore Hannah Wilmot (West Townsend, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic), 2 saves
- Junior Allison Collins, 1 goal
- Senior Raegan Moulton, 1 assist
- Sophomore Olivia Barnes, 4 saves
- Saint Michael's allowed only one goal for the third straight game and has now allowed just three goals in the past 265:15, not including the "team" goal assessed following a shootout loss at Assumption College.
- The Purple Knights last yielded one goal or less in three consecutive contests in October 2015, but for the first time in league play since October 2014.
- Five of the Purple Knights' losses have been by one goal, while each of their last 13 losses dating back to last fall have come by two goals or fewer.
- Franklin Pierce held slim edges in shots (10-6) and penalty corners (6-5).
- Fifth time in six meetings the teams were separated by only one goal.
- Saint Michael's had two shots - one denied by Barnes - and a corner in the opening 7:23.
- Franklin Pierce sent four shots and had two corner sequences in the final 4:55 of the first half, with Wilmot stopping the only shot on net, during the 32nd minute. A corner set with no time remaining yielded no shots.
- Junior Nell Criscione's (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) shot was turned away in the 40th minute, and she followed with entry passes on one corner each in the 41st and 42nd minutes that led to no shots.
- Collins triggered two corners soon thereafter and found the back of the net during the second sequence, tipping home Moulton's drive toward the left post at 44:32.
- A 52nd-minute corner play ended with sophomore Isabel Bretz (York, Maine/York) having a shot stopped by Barnes, while junior Claire Scherf (Bethlehem, Conn./Nonnewaug) slipped a shot wide to conclude a 53rd-minute corner set. Those proved to be the final shots and corners for the visitors.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Saturday vs. No. 4 Pace University, 12 p.m.
- Pace, whose national ranking is according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), is in first place in the NE10 as one of only two teams remaining with a perfect league mark.