COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team took on the first of two top-four teams in a row on Saturday, losing a 3-1 decision to No. 4 Pace University on Duffy Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Setters' national ranking is according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
- Saint Michael's (1-10, 1-6 NE10), Pace (12-1, 8-0 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Sophomore Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic), 1 goal
- Senior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 1 assist
- Sophomore Hannah Wilmot (West Townsend, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic), 8 saves
- Senior Claire Kondrotas (Barre, Mass./Quabbin Regional), 1 defensive save
- Senior Paige Predmore, 2 goals, 1 assist
- Sophomore Lieke van Nieuwenhuizen, 1 goal
- First-year Grace Henderson, 2 saves
- The Purple Knights held a 7-6 edge in penalty corners.
- Pace's national ranking is according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
- The Setters are one of two NE10 teams remaining with a perfect league record.
- Each of the Purple Knights' last 14 losses dating back to last fall have come by two goals or fewer.
- Van Nieuwenhuizen put Pace ahead just 1:56 into the contest, taking Predmore's cross-circle pass and backhanding a shot through Wilmot's five-hole from inside the left side of the arc.
- Predmore made it 2-0 at 13:58, collecting a failed clear during a penalty corner sequence before spinning and shooting from near the left post.
- During the 33rd minute, Saint Michael's had a pair of chances during a corner set, with Fluharty seeing her initial shot blocked before a follow-up bid was saved by Henderson.
- Kondrotas picked up her defensive save in the 44th minute, clearing a ball off the goal line, before Wilmot slid out to deny sophomore Kamryn Gianfrancesco's bid in the 46th minute.
- Predmore tallied again at 59:23, carrying past a defender through the right side of the circle and lifting a shot over a sliding Wilmot.
- Fluharty got the Purple Knights on the board at 65:59, backhanding a shot from the perimeter of the arc into the lower right corner while getting knocked down.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Tuesday vs. No. 3 Merrimack College, 3 p.m.
- The Warriors, whose national ranking is according to the NFHCA, also has a perfect NE10 record.