When and Where: September 17, 2017 – Springfield, Mass. (Abdow Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, American International College 0
Records: SNHU 4-1 (1-0 Northeast-10), AIC 0-6 (0-1 Northeast-10)
Sophomore Alison Hildreth (Hampton, N.H.) and freshman Hélène Servais (Brussels, Belgium) each found the back of the cage, and junior Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) turned in her third shutout of the season to lead the Southern New Hampshire University field hockey team to a 2-0 victory over American International College in the Northeast-10 Conference opener for both sides.
Rennie turned aside the only three shots she faced Sunday and classmate Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) aided the offensive effort, as she assisted on both Penmen goals.
The two teams played to a scoreless deadlock through the first 30 minutes of the contest before Southern New Hampshire cracked the scoreboard. Off a penalty corner, Holt slid a feed over to Hildreth, and she hammered home her first goal of the season with 4:39 remaining in the half.
The Penmen doubled their advantage less than four minutes into the second half, as Servais potted her fourth of the year. Holt raced down the right side and sent a pass through the middle of the circle for Servais, and she finished the play to provide the final margin of victory.
- Hildreth's goal was her first of the season and third of her career. It also marked her second career game-winning goal.
- Rennie extended her shutout streak to 104:52. She is one shutout shy of tying her career high of four, which was set a season ago.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot AIC, 15-6, Sunday, and put eight shots on frame. The Penmen worked six penalty corners while yielding only four.
Southern New Hampshire continues Northeast-10 play on Wednesday (Sept. 20) when they play host to Franklin Pierce University on Larkin Field at 7 p.m.
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