Field Hockey losing streak now at four

by Nicole Belair, Staff Writer

On Columbus Day, the Saint Joseph’s Monks stole a 1-0 win over UMass Dartmouth field hockey.

It was an evenly played game, until the Monks notched a goal in the 64th minute.

The teams managed to have even possession throughout the first half.  Both defenses played strongly, preventing much action on either side.

UMass Dartmouth senior Elizabeth St. Germaine was able to connect for two chances off a penalty corner early in the half, but neither reached the goal.  She made two shots within the sixth and seventh minutes; the first was wide left and the second was blocked.  Neither team made another shot on goal until the 20th minute; junior Erin Kish forced the lone first-period save by Saint Joseph goalkeeper Megan Baker.

After the 35-minute half, the score remained even at zero.

The Monks’ offense picked up in the second half, taking eight shots to the Corsairs’ two.  UMass Dartmouth goalie Sam Brun registered four saves and junior defender Haley Donahay stopped another shot to keep the score even.

Ten minutes before the end of the game, Saint Joseph’s Elyse Caiazzo took the rebound from Libby Pomerleau’s shot, put a hard shot on goal that deflected off Hunter Carden’s stick and into the net.

The remainder of the game was uneventful, with UMass Dartmouth finishing scoreless.

On October 15, the Corsairs faced off against the Keene State Owls who won in a lopsided affair, 6-1.

Going into the game the Corsairs knew that a match against Keene State would be a tough one.  The Owls have had a successful season thus far, with an impressive record of 14-3 compared to the Corsairs’ record of 4-11.

The first twenty minutes were uneventful until Owl’s Hannah Cook scored at the 21st minute.  Not even two minutes later, Keene State’s Sami Smith, with an assist by Kendal Brown, scored her 29th goal of the season.

The score was 2-0 until Sami Smith got another goal at the 35th minute, sending the teams into the second half with the Owls up 3-0.

Keene State would not ease up on the Corsairs, as Mia Brickley started off the second half with a goal 54 seconds in. At the 39 minute mark Smith clinched her hat trick with an assist by Britney Cardente.

At 45:04, UMass Dartmouth’s Delaney Burns scored the first goal for the Corsair’s, with an assist coming from Katelin Morrissey.

With the score now at 5-1 in favor of Keene State, the Corsairs remained hopeful they could close the gap.

However, Keene State player Kayla Renaud, with an assist by Marita Brothers, scored the Owl’s sixth goal at 46:57.

UMass Dartmouth took two more shots and Keene State’s managed nine, but neither teams were successful in scoring.

Ultimately, Keene State came to play, defeating UMass Dartmouth 6-1.

The Corsairs’ next game will be on Thursday, October 20 at Roger Williams.  You can also catch the Corsairs playing Western Connecticut at home on Saturday, October 22 during Fall Family Festival Weekend.


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