Servais’ Double OT Winner Sends No. 6 Field Hockey Past Bentley, Into NE10 Semis

BOX SCORE | RAPID REACTION: HEAD COACH JULIE MUNSON | HIGHLIGHTS

When and Where: November 5, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: #3 Seed/No. 6 Southern New Hampshire University 2, #6 Seed Bentley University 1 (2OT)
Records: SNHU 16-3, Bentley 9-10

Junior Hélène Servais (Brussels, Belgium) drilled home her 13th goal of the season 1:03 into double-overtime to lift third-seeded and sixth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University to a 2-1 victory over sixth-seeded Bentley University in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey Championship. The win, coupled with second-seeded Adelphi University falling to Saint Thomas Aquinas College, sets up a semifinal matchup between the Penmen and Spartans Friday (November 8) on Larkin Field at 6 p.m.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Servais upped her league-leading point total to 37 on her fourth game-winning goal of the season.
  • Sophomore Cameron Whelan (Seabrook, N.H.) punched in her fourth goal of the season with 2:21 left to play in the first half to draw the Penmen even after the Falcons took a lead late in the first quarter.

KEY MOMENT

  • Less than a minute into the second overtime, on the final of three consecutive penalty corners, senior Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) inserted a pass into Servais, who wound up and unloaded a shot to the bottom right corner that sent the Penmen to their first NE10 semifinal.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Sam Simione put the visitors on the board first when she converted a penalty corner feed from Sam Pavano and Tess Anderson with 1:33 left in the opening stanza.
  • Sophomore Faye Turkmen (Bergen, The Netherlands) picked up an assist on Whelan's first-half tally, as she worked the end line before sliding a feed across on the doorstep.
  • Southern New Hampshire outshot Bentley, 27-4, for the duration of the contest and held a 17-1 advantage in shots on goal.
  • Kayleigh Vogel was tagged with the loss Tuesday despite stopping 14 of the 16 shots she faced. Erin McCool was also credited with a defensive save for Bentley.
  • SNHU held a distinct, 12-2, edge in penalty corners, three of which came in one minute of double overtime.

NOTES

  • The win is the first postseason victory in the history of Southern New Hampshire University field hockey. The Penmen, who were hosting their first-ever playoff game, made their first appearance in the Northeast-10 Championship in 2018.
  • SNHU is now 4-1 in overtime games this season with wins in its last four contests that exceeded regulation. The Penmen are 8-3 in such games over the past three seasons.
  • Southern New Hampshire has now won 10 consecutive games dating back to October 1.
  • van der Doorn's assist gives her 33 points on the season, which is third-most in the NE10. Her 14 goals are good enough for second while the five assists she has registered slots her in a tie for No. 10.
  • Servais 37 points is two clear of the next closest student-athlete in the NE10. She is fourth in goals with 13 and sits atop the assists leaders with 11 to her name.
  • Southern New Hampshire made the jump to No. 6 in the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA) Division II Poll on Tuesday after sitting ninth for the past five weeks.

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Penmen will host Saint Thomas Aquinas College on Friday (November 8) at 6 p.m. on Larkin Field for a right to advance to the Northeast-10 Championship Final.

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