Puleo Caps Two-Goal Day with Overtime Winner, Field Hockey Fells Bentley, 6-5

Puleo Caps Two-Goal Day with Overtime Winner, Field Hockey Fells Bentley, 6-5

WALTHAM, Mass. - Sophomore Jenna Puleo (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex/Providence) capped a two-goal day with the overtime winner to deliver the Saint Michael's College field hockey team a 6-5 victory at Bentley University on Wednesday during Northeast-10 Conference play on the Bentley Turf Field. Senior MaKayla Foster (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union) registered a hat trick, as the triumph was the Purple Knights' first on the Falcons' home field in 27 years.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-8, 1-5 NE10), Bentley (3-6, 2-5 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Rachel Crowley, 2 goals, 1 assist
  • Senior Tess Anderson, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Junior Sam Simione, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Senior Sam Pavano, 1 goal
  • Senior Christa Knell, 2 assists
  • Sophomore Kayleigh Vogel, 3 saves
  • Senior Ashley Scholten, 1 defensive save

GAME FACTS

  • The Purple Knights won at Bentley for the first time since Oct. 18, 1992, while picking up their third all-time victory on the Falcons' home field.
  • The six goals were the most scored by the Purple Knights in 46 meetings with Bentley, not to mention the teams combined to play their highest-scoring contest ever.
  • Forty of the 46 all-time meetings have been decided by two goals or fewer, while four of the past eight have advanced to overtime.
  • Today's contest was the highest-scoring overtime game in program history.
  • Bentley had not allowed six goals at home during an NE10 game since at least 2001, nor six goals in any contest against a league opponent since Adelphi University potted six on Nov. 18, 2014.
  • Saint Michael's capped a three-game road swing while playing its highest-scoring game between both teams since a 10-1 win vs. Saint Anselm College on Sept. 18, 2007. It was the Purple Knights' highest-scoring road contest since a 9-2 loss at Bates College on Sept. 14, 1984.
  • The Purple and Gold has netted nine goals in its last two games combined after scoring two during its first seven outings.
  • Torkomian earned her first college win.
  • Saint Michael's won despite being nearly doubled up in shots (28-15) and penalty corners (15-8).

THE ACTION

  • Torkomian made a stop just 2:27 into the contest, leading to a Bentley corner, and Pavano deposited a direct corner drive at 2:36 to give Bentley the early edge.
  • Just 23 seconds later, Foster found the equalizer, grabbing the rebound after Puleo had an initial shot blocked.
  • At 4:52, Puleo made a move and sent home a drive from 10 yards out to give Saint Michael's a 2-1 lead.
  • Torkomian made seven saves during an ensuing 9:01 span to keep her team in front.
  • Crowley tied the game in the 21st minute, deflecting Simione's blast amid a penalty corner set.
  • Simione put the Falcons back in front at 27:25, tallying her team's third corner goal of the game.
  • Foster again leveled the score at 30:55, redirecting Puleo's feed from out front.
  • Anderson made it 4-3 with 40:19 gone, redirecting senior Sarah Rockwood's shot.
  • Puleo nearly knotted the game at 42:10 before being denied by Scholten's defensive save, but Foster put home the second effort at 42:16 to force the fourth tie. Just 2:11 later, Criscione tallied the go-ahead goal to complete a scramble in front during a corner sequence. Richard assisted.
  • Crowley made it 5-5 at 52:11 after taking Knell's pass from outside the circle.
  • Early in the first overtime, Torkomian stopped Simione's long drive on a corner play before knocking away a loose ball out front.
  • In the 64th minute, a Bentley player scuffed a restart, and Foster gathered the ball before making a centering pass for Puleo, who went one-on-three through the Falcon defense, dribbled alone into the left side of the circle, and slid a low shot under a charging Vogel for the game-winner at 63:43.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday vs. Southern Connecticut State University, 12 p.m.