Second-Half Scuffle Sinks Field Hockey in Regular Season Finale


When and Where: November 9, 2018 – Worcester, Mass. (Multi-Sport Stadium)
Score: Assumption College 4, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: SNHU 10-8 (8-5 Northeast-10 Conference ), Assumption 10-7 (7-6 Northeast-10 Conference)

Senior Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) registered 12 saves on Friday, including 11 in the first half, but a three-goal second half sent Assumption College past the Southern New Hampshire University field hockey team, 4-2, at the Multi-Sport Stadium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

  • Rennie stopped a season-high 12 shots, which was two off her career-high and marked the most saves she has recorded since a 12-save outing on October 18, 2017.
  • Redshirt-junior Cassidy Huckins (Loudon, N.H.) continued to extend her career-high in scoring with her 12th goal of the season.
  • Redshirt-junior Katelin Oberlander (West Yarmouth, Mass.) collected her first career goal in the setback.


  • After the two sides remained scoreless through the first 20-plus minutes, Huckins pushed the Penmen in front at 20:36. Junior Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) slotted Huckins a pass, and she found the back of the cage by lifting a shot over the Greyhounds' keeper to make it 1-0.
  • Assumption would not go quietly in the opening half, as Deirdre Burchill redirected a shot off the stick of Sam Tepper past Rennie to reset the contest with 2:29 left in the first.
  • Southern New Hampshire reestablished its lead at the end of the first half with an untimed penalty corner. Oberlander sent the initial feed out from the left of the cage, and after she sent the ball to the right, it worked its way back to her at the left and she punched it home to send the teams to intermission with SNHU in front, 2-1.
  • The hosts ensured the lead would be short-lived when Jennifer Beardsley put a shot towards goal that ricocheted off a defender and in 3:21 into the second stanza.
  • Burchill put the Greyhounds ahead for good with under 10 minutes remaining on her second of the evening. Kileigh Hynes unloaded a shot off a penalty corner, and Burchill was in front to again redirect it into the back of the cage.
  • Burchill was not done yet, as she set up Isabel Primack for an insurance marker 2:31 after providing Assumption with the late lead.


  • The Greyhounds held a 24-10 advantage in shots, including a 16-8 edge in shots on goal.
  • Assumption worked nine first-half penalty corners and 11 overall through the duration of the contest, while the Penmen were able to muster three penalty corners and two in the second half.
  • Burchill tallied five points on two goals and an assist, while Beardsley (1G), Primack (1G) and Hynes (2A) each added two points.


  • Rennie was two saves off her career high of 14, which was on September 24, 2016 against American International College.
  • Huckins' goal was her 12th of the year and 17th of her career. Huckins now sits tied for seventh in the NE10 in goals and tied for ninth in total points.
  • Despite the setback, Southern New Hampshire remains slotted at the No. 5 seed for the upcoming Northeast-10 Championship. If Stonehill College and Adelphi University are both victorious Saturday, it will elevate them to a tie with the Penmen, however, SNHU topped both the Skyhawks and Panthers during the regular season.


  • Southern New Hampshire will renew its Queen City Cup Rivalry with Saint Anselm College on Tuesday, as the Penmen and Hawks will meet up in an NE10 Championship Quarterfinal on the Hilltop.

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