SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Senior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) scored the lone goal, and sophomore Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) made two saves with no time remaining to boost the Saint Michael's College field hockey team past Mansfield (Pa.) University, 1-0, on Sunday during the SHIP Field Hockey Classic at Shippensburg (Pa.) University's Robb Sports Complex. Both teams move to 1-1 on the season.
Deschaine, a defender, deposited the second game-winning goal of her career, while Hurley totaled seven saves for her first career win and shutout in her second start. She helped the Purple and Gold overcome being outshot 15-6 and outgained 13-2 on penalty corners, with her team winning its fourth in a row versus the Mounties following five straight setbacks to begin the series. Sophomore Brittany Ryan had two stops for Mansfield.
Mansfield held a narrow 6-4 edge in shots during a scoreless opening half, during which Hurley made four saves. A fifth-minute penalty-corner sequence led to sophomore Meghan Griffin having a shot blocked before Hurley stopped sophomore Christie Buyer's follow-up attempt, and senior Jackie Matthews (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) countered with a shot on Ryan during the 16th minute before junior Janelle Robinson (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) had a second bid blocked. Hurley registered consecutive stops in the 25th minute.
Saint Michael's was outshot 9-2 in the second stanza, but Deschaine cashed in on the first shot for her winner. During a corner sequence in the 40th minute, she made the entry pass before tipping home first-year Marieke Algie's (De Bilt, The Netherlands/Utrechts Stedelijk Gymnasium) drive from the top of the circle at 39:41. Mansfield's best opportunities to tie came in the final six-plus minutes, during which it ran off six corners and sent six shots. Purple Knight field players blocked two shots amid two 66th-minute corner sequences, and Hurley stopped a 67th-minute bid. With no time remaining, Mansfield ran a corner play that led to Hurley saving consecutive shots, and a second corner sequence ended with the Mounties not being able to release a final attempt.
The Purple Knights finished competing in a season-opening tournament with Mansfield, Shippensburg and Southern Connecticut State University for the ninth straight fall, and hosts No. 4 Saint Anselm College on Thursday at 4 p.m. for a non-league game and their home opener. The Hawks, who won the 2016 Northeast-10 Conference regular-season crown before advancing to the NCAA Tournament Final Four, are ranked in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll. They will be the Purple Knights' second ranked foe in the first three games after the Purple and Gold took on No. 1 Shippensburg yesterday, playing to a 2-1 overtime setback.