Purple Knights split weekend road contests, fall to Adelphi on Sunday

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team completed a two-game weekend by dropping a 4-0 decision to Adelphi University in a Northeast-10 Conference game on Sunday at Motamed Field. With the defeat, the Purple Knights drop to 4-10 overall and 2-4 in the league, while the Panthers improve to 5-9 and 4-2 in winning for the fifth time in six games.

Sophomore Sarah Healey (Canton, Mass./Canton) stopped eight shots in her ninth start for Saint Michael's, which earned a victory at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday.

Adelphi received a goal and an assist from first-year Molly Cuevas (San Jose, Calif./Leland), while senior Cassie Cabral (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville), sophomore Carly Aceves (La Mesa, Calif./Helix Charter) and first-year Kristen Bagley (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) also scored. Sophomore Briana Rubenstein (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Bluepoint) picked up her sixth defensive save of the year, while senior Kristine Puzio (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem North) made four saves to secure her fourth win of the season.

Bagley put the Panthers on the board at 2:37, scoring on a cross from Cuevas. Cuevas added to the Adelphi lead, connecting on a back-handed sweep at 19:16 for her seventh goal of the year. Aceves tallied for the Panthers at 33:55, redirecting a pass from senior Erin Grekin (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East) past the goalkeeper to give Adelphi a 3-0 advantage to end the opening half.

After the Panthers fired four shots in the opening 12-plus minutes of the second frame, with Healey saving three and the other going wide, Saint Michael's had back-to-back chances in the 49th minute. Junior Kelly Celata's (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) first shot was turned away by Puzio, while the second, by senior Kelly MacDonald (Wayland, Mass./Wayland), was saved by Rubenstein.

Adelphi converted off a penalty corner at 60:10, as Cabral one-timed a loose ball into the back of the Saint Michael's net to put the Panthers on top 4-0. While looking to break the shutout, senior Julia Heald (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) took the Purple Knights' final shot, in the 67th minute, but was stopped by Puzio.

The Purple Knights are back in action on Wednesday when they host a Merrimack College team ranked seventh in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll at 1 p.m. on Duffy Field.