No. 6 Field Hockey Advances to First NE10 Championship Final with 4-0 Win Over STAC

The Penmen field hockey team celebrates with goalkeeper Melanie Rennie

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

When and Where: November 8, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: #3 Seed/No. 6 Southern New Hampshire University 4, St. Thomas Aquinas College 0
Records: SNHU 17-3, STAC 10-10

Junior Hélène Servais (Brussels, Belgium) notched two goals and an assist in the first half to lead third seeded and sixth-ranked Southern New Hampshire field hockey team past seventh-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas College, 4-0, in Northeast-10 Conference Championship Semifinal action on Larkin Field Friday. The win sends the Penmen to their first NE10 Championship Final, where they will meet up with intracity rival, Saint Anselm College, at Grappone Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Servais fueled an SNHU offense that scored four times in the opening 30 minutes with a hand in three of the four markers.
  • Graduate student Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) steered aside each of the seven shots she faced to register her fifth shutout of the season.

KEY MOMENT

  • Southern New Hampshire put the game out of reach during a 3:50 span of the second quarter in which sophomore Meaghan Wile (Littleton, Mass.), senior Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) and Servais each found the back of the cage. The three-goal burst ballooned a 1-0 advantage to a 4-0 cushion with 3:18 left in the half.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Servais buried what proved to be the game-winner 5:29 into the first when she hammered home a feed from sophomore Emily Campbell (Raynham, Mass.) off a penalty corner.
  • After facing just one shot through the first two quarters of action, Rennie posted four saves in the third and two more in the fourth to preserve the lead.
  • Southern New Hampshire held a 20-10 edge in shots, a 12-7 advantage in shots on goal and drew nine penalty corners while only surrendering three.
  • Suzanne Clarke recorded eight saves for the Spartans.

NOTES

  • The Penmen extend their program-best winning streak to 11 games and increase their single-season wins record total to 17.
  • Servais becomes the first SNHU field hockey student-athlete to eclipse 40 points in a season. With her five-point effort Friday she now has 42 points heading into Sunday's final.
  • Freshman Lisa Hagel (Driehuis, The Netherlands) handed out an assist on Wile's goal to reach the 30-point plateau.
  • van der Doorn's goal was her 15th of the season and she now sits in a tie atop the NE10 in goals with Servais.

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Penmen head across town to Grappone Stadium Sunday for a 1 p.m. matchup with the top seeded and third-ranked Hawks at 1 p.m.

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