Chisholm notches first shutout, pair of Purple Knights score in 2-0 win at Southern Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two players scored second-half goals, and Saint Michael's College sophomore Jackie Chisholm (New Braintree, Mass./Quabbin Regional) made her first college victory stand up as her initial shutout by blanking Southern Connecticut State University, 2-0, on Saturday at Dow Field. The Purple Knights, now 4-9 overall and 2-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference, avenged a previous 5-1 loss to the Owls last month. The hosts are now 4-8 and 1-4.

Chisholm finished with four saves, while senior Kelly MacDonald (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) and first-year Megan Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) each scored during the second half for Saint Michael's.

First-year Audrey Dolloff (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) made 10 saves for the Owls, while the Purple Knights limited junior Sarah Cebry (Burlington, Conn./Lewis Mills), who entered the week leading all Division II players in both points and goals, to just one shot.

During the latter portion of the opening stanza, Saint Michael's had three shots in a little more than a minute miss the mark. Deschaine was denied by Dolloff in the 22nd minute before sophomore Samantha Burns' (North Creek, N.Y./Johnsburg Central) attempt in the 23rd minute was also saved, and MacDonald had a follow-up try blocked.

Early in the second half, MacDonald broke through with the eventual game-winner, taking a crossing pass from senior Julia Heald (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) in the middle of the circle and tallying at 37:43. The Purple Knights weathered a Southern Connecticut State offensive push soon thereafter, as the Owls, who had only two shots in the opening 40-plus minutes, fired five shots between the 41st and 42nd minutes, with Chisholm saving one and another hitting the post.

In the 57th minute, Deschaine tallied off a penalty-corner sequence to double the visitors' lead. After senior Laken Ferreira (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) sent an inbounds pass, classmate Erin Brien (Nahant, Mass./Newton Country Day School) dished to Deschaine, who fired a shot from the left side of the circle. Neither team scored during the remainder of the contest, as the Purple Knights took 10 of the last 13 shots and five of the game's final seven corners.

Saint Michael's aims to reach .500 in the league when it heads to Adelphi University tomorrow for a 1 p.m. contest.