Roy's overtime winner lifts Purple Knights to .500 in NE-10, 3-2 victory against Adelphi
COLCHESTER, Vt. - Junior Hali Roy (South Pomfret, Vt./Woodstock Union) scored with 3:02 remaining in the first overtime, lifting the Saint Michael's College field hockey team to a 3-2 victory against Adelphi University on Sunday at Duffy Field. The win capped a 2-0 weekend for the Purple Knights, who entered Saturday tied for seventh in the 11-team Northeast-10 Conference but now stand alone in fifth.
Saint Michael's improved to 4-10 overall and 3-3 in the league by downing a team that was nationally ranked earlier this fall. The Panthers slipped to 5-9 and 2-4, as Adelphi has lost eight of its last nine games.
Roy and senior Taylor Wahrenbrock (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) each finished with a goal and an assist, while senior Jenny Boudrow (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) also found the scoring column. Freshman Cassaundra Davis (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) had an assist, as her 16 points tie for the most by a Saint Michael's freshman since 1998. Senior Jackie Stacey (West Windsor, Vt./Woodstock Union) made five saves.
Sophomore Jamie Ackerman (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) had a goal and an assist for Adelphi, and senior Brittany Kingsley (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Putnam Valley) also scored. Senior Lucia Vigliotti (Westbury, N.Y./W.T. Clarke) made six saves, while sophomore Jami DeGrote (Totowa, N.J./Passaic Valley) had an important defensive save during the overtime session.
Saint Michael's took all six of the shots attempted in overtime, with a prime opportunity coming in the 77th minute. Freshman Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) sprinted toward the Adelphi goal and shot past a rushing Vigliotti, but DeGrote made a goal-line stop, and junior Julia Heald's (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) second effort went wide right. On the Purple Knights' third penalty corner of overtime, Wahrenbrock inserted to Roy, who slipped a shot into the lower right at 81:58 for her first career game-winner.
The Purple Knights took the first two shots of the contest, but Adelphi made it 1-0 after 15:16 when Ackerman's drive from the top of the circle was tipped in at the left post by Kinsley. After Davis sent a shot wide in the 30th minute, she played a hand in Boudrow's second marker of the season less than two minutes later, sending a cross that Boudrow batted past Vigliotti at the 31:42 mark.
In the 48th minute, Wahrenbrock redirected Roy's drive toward the left post to give the hosts a 2-1 lead, but the visitors tied the contest in the 58th minute. After Stacey slid out to deny an initial shot, she prevented herself from covering the ball by sweeping it away, and Ackerman picked up the loose ball and scored on the vacated cage.
Stacey kept it a 2-2 game during the waning stages of regulation, denying senior Julianne Gerbino (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Earl L. Vandermeulen) three times. In the 60th minute, Stacey batted a Gerbino shot down with her left blocker before making a toe save in the 65th minute. Davis was turned away by a nice save from Vigliotti in the 62nd minute, as the keeper extended to make a stop with her right foot. Vigliotti made two more saves in the 68th minute, and the teams headed to overtime.
The Purple Knights travel to nationally-ranked Merrimack College on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. contest. The Warriors were ranked fifth in last week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll.