Field Hockey Faces Third Straight Ranked Foe, Falls to No. 4 Saint Anselm

Field Hockey Faces Third Straight Ranked Foe, Falls to No. 4 Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team opposed its third consecutive nationally-ranked foe on Wednesday, falling by a 4-0 count at No. 4 Saint Anselm College during Northeast-10 Conference play in Grappone Stadium. The Hawks' ranking is according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (0-7, 0-4 NE10), Saint Anselm (6-0, 4-0 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), 7 saves

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Andrea McNeil, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Junior Kendall Clifford, 1 goal
  • Junior Ericka Meissner, 1 goal
  • Sophomore Carly LaCasse, 1 goal
  • Junior Julia Hand, 0 saves in 30 minutes
  • Junior Molly Dingley, 2 saves in 30 minutes of relief

GAME FACTS

  • With 219 career saves, Hurley passed Jess Anderson '05 (213) to take over 10th in program history.
  • The Hawks are ranked fourth in the country according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), as Saint Michael's played its third consecutive ranked opponent.
  • Saint Anselm qualified for the last three NCAA Tournaments.
  • The Hawks remained the only NCAA Division I, II or III program to not allow a goal this season. Through six games, they have yielded only 10 shots on goal.

THE ACTION

  • Hurley made four of her saves in the first quarter, including thwarting a sixth-minute threat that featured two saves wrapped around a blocked shot.
  • During the 14th minute, Hurley denied first-year Maeve Murphy's bid, and senior Kaeleigh Lord was blocked by a Purple Knight field player on an ensuing penalty corner set. On the next corner play, Meissner broke the scoreless deadlock off of a McNeil assist at 13:53.
  • Saint Michael's held Saint Anselm to only two shots on goal in the second stanza, with Hurley rejecting Meissner's bid at a second goal in the 18th minute. However, with 22 seconds remaining, Clifford's blast from the left side of the circle during a corner set made it 2-0.
  • The Purple Knights again yielded only two shots on goal in the third quarter, but LaCasse deposited the second one in the 34th minute off of senior Hannah Friend's assist.
  • Hurley denied LaCasse a second goal at 47:03, but McNeil followed 10 seconds later with another tally.
  • First-year Erickson Richard (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) inserted a corner feed during the 50th minute before receiving a return pass and firing on net, but Dingley made the stop.
  • Sophomore Jenna Puleo (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex/Providence) also had an opportunity denied by the netminder during the 55th minute.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College, 1 p.m.