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.
- Saint Michael's (1-8, 1-5 NE10), Bentley (3-6, 2-5 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior MaKayla Foster (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union), 3 goals
- Sophomore Jenna Puleo (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex/Providence), 2 goals, OT winner, 1 assist
- Senior Nell Criscione (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional), 1 goal
- First-year Erickson Richard (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand), 1 assist
- Junior Talia Torkomian (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln), 12 saves
- 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
- 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).
- 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.