Field Hockey’s Four-Game Winning Streak Snapped Via 3-1 Loss to #5 Stonehill


When and Where: October 23, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
 Stonehill College 3, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Records: Stonehill 12-3, SNHU 9-8

Freshman Alison Hildreth (Hampton, N.H.) made it a one-goal game early in the second half, but the Southern New Hampshire University field hockey team fell to fifth-ranked Stonehill College, 3-1, in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at Larkin Field. 

Stonehill jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the 11th minute off a penalty corner when Shea Healy sent a bouncing shot from the top-left of the circle that hopped off the foot of sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) and past the Penmen defender guarding the left post.

The Skyhawks then doubled their lead late in the 18th minute off another penalty corner as Shea hit a hard shot from straightaway at the top of the circle that was re-directed into the top-left corner of the net by Alexandria Sylvia in the middle of the circle.

The score remained 2-0 in favor of the visitors into the second half when Southern New Hampshire sliced its deficit in half midway through the 51st minute off a corner. Freshman Maaike Gerkema (Driebergen, the Netherlands) sent a long, diagonal pass from the left that was knocked in by Hildreth at the right post.

Stonehill re-gained its two-goal lead late in 58th minute when Kacie Smith's reverse-stick shot was deflected up into the air toward the right post where Carly Andersen batted it into the open net to make it 3-1.

The Skyhawks nearly made it 4-1 in the final minute, but Gerkema made a great defensive save at the right post on a bid by Smith before Rennie turned aside a penalty stroke attempt from Healy just seconds later.

- The Penmen have their program-record four-game winning streak snapped, while their four-game NE-10 winning streak remains intact.
- Rennie made three saves, while Stonehill goalkeeper Sara Freedman stopped one shot.
- Stonehill outshot Southern New Hampshire, 10-3, including 7-0 in the opening half, while penalty corners were even at six apiece. SNHU held a 6-1 advantage in corners in the second stanza.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Oct. 29 (1 p.m.) when they play host to Adelphi University in their regular-season finale at Larkin.

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