When and Where: October 14, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Stonehill College 4, Southern New Hampshire University 3
Records: Stonehill 11-3 (8-0 NE-10), SNHU 5-8 (2-7 NE-10)
Sophomore Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, Netherlands) scored twice in the opening 11 minutes to help the Southern New Hampshire University field hockey team build an early lead, but ninth-ranked and NE10-unbeaten Stonehill College would score four unanswered goals to steal a 4-3 win Saturday on Senior Day at Larkin Field.
Southern New Hampshire looked like it was going to up 1-0 when a cross through traffic found the stick of graduate student Ashley Abad (Bedford, N.H.), but her shot hit the near left post. The Penmen were awarded a penalty stroke after the teams battled for the rebound and van der Doorn converted, rifling a shot into the back of the cage to go in front just 7:23 into the contest.
SNHU doubled its lead 3:11 later, as van der Doorn struck again. Following a Penmen penalty corner, senior Erin Frost (E. Andover, N.H.) received a pass on the left side of the arc and quickly sent the ball to the front of the cage where van der Doorn was able to reverse her stick and re-direct the ball into the right side of the cage to make it 2-0.
The Penmen widened the advantage to 3-0 midway through the 21st minute when junior Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) chipped the ball ahead to freshman Helene Servais (Brussels, Belgium), who collected the pass and hit an absolute rocket from the top-right of the arc hat tucked inside the far post.
Stonehill jumped on the board just 1:34 later when Michaela Antonellis' drive from the left was tipped into the back of the cage by Kacie Smith.
The Skyhawks then trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with 3:00 on the clock in the first half when Smith carried the ball up the field and into the Stonehill offensive zone before sending a feed toward the right post for Alexandria Sylvia, who easily poked the ball past senior goalkeeper Alexis Soucy (Windsor, Maine).
The Penmen tried to add some breathing room in the first two minutes of the second half as Stonehill goalkeeper Sara Freedman could not find the ball at her feet. Holt took a couple of the whacks at the ball, but Freedman was able to make the stops and the Skyhawks would clear it out of danger.
Stonehill gained the equalizer late in the 42nd minute as Smith set up an Antonellis drive that beat junior goalkeeper Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) to even the score, 3-3.
The Skyhawks went ahead just under five minutes later as Smith set up a quick shot from Sylvia on the right side of the arc that ricocheted off a defender and in.
The Penmen had a golden chance to tie it early in the 60th minute when Servais was able to filter a pass further into the circle and past Freedman, who had come out to challenge. Holt collected the ball with an open cage in front of her, but she was smothered by a trio of Skyhawk defenders before she could trigger a shot.
Souncy stopped two of the four shots she faced in the first half, while Rennie turned aside six of the eight shots that came her way in the second stanza. Freedman made eight saves for Stonehill.
- The Penmen fall to 1-5 in one-goal games this season, and have now suffered back-to-back one-goal losses to the No. 6- and 9-ranked teams in the country.
-Stonehill held a 20-17 edge in shots, including 15-6 in the second half, while Southern New Hampshire owned a 9-8 advantage in penalty corners.
- After earning victories in five of its first six games, and two triumphs in Northeast-10 Conference action, Southern New Hampshire is in the midst of a seven-game slide.
-Seniors Abad, Frost, Soucy, Amaris Taylor (Tulsa, Okla.) and Mikaela Gauvain (Salem, N.H.) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the match.
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Oct. 18 (4 p.m.) when they play host to crosstown rival Saint Anselm College at Larkin.
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