COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Michael's College field hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision against LIU Post in Saturday's Northeast-10 Conference matchup at Duffy Field. The Pioneers are the two-time defending national runners-up, have won the last two NE10 Championships, and have been in four of the last five NCAA Tournament championship games.
- Saint Michael's (1-5, 1-1 NE10), LIU Post (4-2, 4-1 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Morgan Johnston (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), 1 goal
- Sophomore Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic), 1 assist
- Sophomore Katriona Hajduk (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop), 1 defensive save
- Junior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), 9 saves
- Senior Emily Miller, 1 goal
- Senior Tarryn Morris, 1 goal
- First-year Maddie Leitner, 1 goal
- Junior Taylor Brodsky, 1 assist
- Sophomore Rachel Vellis, 5 saves
- Johnston has now scored five goals in the last two games and is tied for second in goals scored in NE10 play.
- All five of the Purple Knights' losses have come by two goals or fewer.
- The Pioneers are the two-time defending national runners-up, have won the last two NE10 Championships, and have been in four of the last five NCAA Tournament championship games.
- The Pioneers opened the scoring with Leitner tapping in a rebound off of a shot from first-year Emma Braeckmans at 21:48 in the first half.
- Thirty-six seconds later, the Pioneers added their second goal on another rebound, this time Miller shuffling it in after a long pass that bounced off Hurley's blocker.
- The Purple Knights answered back in the 46th minute when Johnston buried a shot from the right side off a feed from Fluharty to cut the Pioneer lead to one.
- 3:24 later, the Pioneers made a bid for a third goal after Miller took a shot at a keeperless net, only to be denied on a defensive save by Hajduk to keep the score at 2-1.
- The Pioneers were able to add an insurance goal with 6:50 left after Morris rifled a shot from the top of the arc and into the bottom right corner off of a penalty corner pass from Brodsky to put the game out of reach.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Wednesday vs. Saint Anselm College, 3 p.m.
- The Hawks have qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments.