COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team fell to No. 4 Saint Anselm College, 3-1, on Thursday afternoon at Duffy Field. The two Northeast-10 Conference teams were competing in a non-league game. With the result, the Purple Knights moved to 1-2 overall on the young season, while the Hawks are now 2-0. Saint Anselm, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four last season, are ranked nationally by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). The teams will meet again on Sept. 20 at Saint Anselm.
Sophomore Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./Lincoln School) scored the lone goal for the Purple Knights, her first career tally during her first season on the team. Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) recorded four saves in the game for Saint Michael's, and junior Katie Leonard (Carmel, N.Y./The Ursuline School) notched her second defensive save of the year. The Purple Knights were only outshot 14-8.
Senior Emma Kincaid scored a goal with an assist for the Hawks with classmates Jackie Guillemette and Mia Vecchione adding a goal apiece. Senior Erin Collins added an assist as well. First-year goalkeeper Julia Hand made four stops for the Hawks during her debut.
In the third minute, Collins passed from the left side of the circle to the middle for Vecchione, who hit the Hawks' first goal into the lower left. Boscia tied the contest at the 30:37 mark. After a couple of blocked shots, Boscia hit the rebound off of the second shot to the center of the cage.
During the second stanza, while on the ground in the center of the circle, Guillemette received Kincaid's pass, poking the ball into the back of the net during the 38th minute to make it 2-1. The Purple Knights had a chance to tie it up during the 57th minute, as junior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) sent classmate Janelle Robinson (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) briefly past the defense into the circle, but Robinson's tying bid was denied by Hand's left pad. Less than a minute later, Kincaid padded the lead, turning quickly from the right side and sending the ball diagonally across the cage to the left corner.
The Purple Knights' host their NE10 opener against Franklin Pierce University on Sunday at 1 p.m.