NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team struck first against No. 1 Shippensburg (Pa.) University before falling by a narrow 2-1 count to the two-time defending national champion on Sunday as the Dora Metrelis Field Hockey Classic came to an end at Southern Connecticut State University's Jess Dow Field. Shippensburg's ranking is according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
- Saint Michael's (0-2), Shippensburg (3-0)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 1 goal
- Junior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), 8 saves
- First-year Jenna Sluymer, 2 goals
- Redshirt senior Ally Mooney, 4 saves
- Third one-goal contest in the last five meetings, with Shippensburg also ranked No. 1 during its 2-1 overtime victory last season.
- Raiders held slim 9-7 edge in penalty corners, and 5-3 advantage in second-half shots.
- 17th all-time meeting, with the most recent 16 occurring during an early-season tournament.
- Saint Michael's has played in an early-season tournament 16 times in the last 17 years.
- Dobecki cracked the scoring column just 7:08 into the contest, as Shippensburg trailed for the first time in seven games.
- Hurley denied sophomore Kelly Shulenberger in the 15th minute before first-year Adrienne McGarrigle sent a follow-up shot wide.
- In the 17th minute, Sluymer netted her first goal, firing home a shot from the top of the arc during a penalty-corner sequence. Only 5:03 later, at the 22:00 mark, Sluymer picked the right corner following McGarrigle's feed.
- Hurley stopped back-to-back shots from sophomore Jazmin Petrantonio in the 34th minute before her third try went wide.
- Six Raider corners in the opening 13:34 of the second half yielded only a 41st-minute Sluymer shot, which Hurley saved.
- Dobecki and junior Claire Scherf (Bethlehem, Conn./Nonnewaug) put consecutive tying 59th-minute bids on net during a corner sequence, but Mooney saved both to preserve the lead.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Wednesday vs. Franklin Pierce University, 3:30 p.m.
- The contest will be a non-league game between the Northeast-10 Conference foes.