COLCHESTER, Vt. - Despite holding advantages in shots and penalty corners, the Saint Michael's College field hockey team lost a 4-0 decision to No. 3 Merrimack College on Tuesday during Northeast-10 Conference action at Duffy Field. Merrimack's national ranking is according to this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll.
- Saint Michael's (1-11, 1-7 NE10), Merrimack (12-1, 8-0 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Junior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), 1 save in 35 minutes
- Sophomore Hannah Wilmot (West Townsend, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic), 0 saves in 35 minutes of relief
- Junior Jessica Palmer, 2 goals
- Junior Lindsey Nolte, 1 goal, 1 assist
- Senior Delaney Yule, 1 goal, 1 defensive save
- First-year Riley Brown, 4 saves
- Saint Michael's held advantages of 8-6 in shots and 6-3 in penalty corners, including 8-1 and 5-1 in the second half.
- Purple Knights' second straight home game against a team ranked among the top four in the nation, with then No. 4 Pace University visiting campus last Saturday.
- Merrimack's national ranking is according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
- The Warriors are one of two NE10 teams remaining with a perfect league record, joining Pace.
- Late in the ninth minute, Hurley kept the game scoreless by tipping McNeil's drive from the top of the circle off the post with her stick.
- Yule put Merrimack on the board shortly thereafter, drilling a shot through Hurley's five-hole at 10:40 off of McNeil's penalty corner pass to the right wing.
- Nolte's backhanded shot from the left side of the circle added to the advantage 40 seconds later.
- With time elapsed at the end of the first half, Palmer scored from the left side of the arc immediately off of junior Alex Mondini's corner entry pass.
- Saint Michael's had a flurry of shots near the middle portion of the second stanza, as sophomore Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic) was denied on back-to-back shots by Brown kick saves in the 56th minute during a corner set before an ensuing corner play in the 57th minute saw Fluharty again stopped by a kick rejection. Senior Morgan Johnston's (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) follow-up bid went wide.
- Palmer tallied again at 60:28, taking Nolte's short pass in the center of the circle and scoring from close range.
- In the 66th minute, senior Katie Leonard (Carmel, N.Y./The Ursuline School) nearly got the hosts on the board, redirecting classmate Maddy Dobecki's (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) drive high into the air and toward an open net, but Yule cleared the ball out of midair for the defensive save.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Saturday at Southern Connecticut State University, 11 a.m.
- Opener of three-game road swing