No. 7 Stonehill downs Saint Michael’s
Reilly spearheads Skyhawks with game-high five goals
COLCHESTER, Vt. – No. 7 Stonehill remained perfect in Northeast-10 Conference play on Thursday afternoon with an 11-9 win against Saint Michael's.
Kelsey Reilly guided the Skyhawks attack with a game-high five goals.
Kayla Green added two goals and one assist while teammates Mikayla Couch and Mary Lee Mahony chipped in with two goals each. Heather Sullivan dished out one assist.
For the Purple Knights Eliza Scoba, Courtney Piper and Crystal King tallied two goals apiece.
Caitlin Mahoney, Claire Martin and Melissa Jaskiewicz scored one goal each. Scoba also helped facilitate the offense with two assists while Piper added one.
Stonehill scored the first two goals of the contest as Green fed Couch on a goal at the 26:28 mark and Sullivan set up Reilly at 25:56.
Saint Michael's responded with three-consecutive goals to take its only lead of the contest. King netted a free position attempt at 21:23, Scoba followed at the 18:37 mark to even the score at 2-2 on a pass from Alexa Coleman. Jaskiewicz gave the Purple Knights the lead, 3-2 at 15:18 on an unassisted marker.
The Skyhawks went on to outscore the Purple Knights, 5-1 to close out the half and take a 7-4 lead. Green jump started the run at 12:26, followed by three-consecutive free-position goals from Reilly (9:01, 5:04) and Green (5:40) to push the score to 6-3.
King brought Saint Michael's back within two goals, 6-4 with a little more than a minute remaining (1:07) finishing on a feed from Caroline Casper.
Reilly pushed the lead to 7-4 with 22 seconds remaining with a score past the Purple Knights’ Sandy Palumbo.
Although Stonehill got outscored 5-4 in the second half, the Skyhawks pushed their lead out to as many as five goals on Reilly's fifth tally of the game at the 17:49 mark of the second half. The Purple Knights followed with three-consecutive goals during the next 3:17 as Scoba, Piper and Martin scored.
Mahony stopped Saint Michael's scoring run with a successful free-position attempt at 10:51 while the Skyhawks defense held the opposition scoreless until Piper tallied the last goal of the game with 4:23 remaining.
Stonehill outshot Saint Michael's, 28-19 and won the draw controls battle, 14-8. The Skyhawks were 13-for-19 on clear attempts and had fewer turnovers than Saint Michael's, 24-25.
Ashley Armstrong turned away six shots on net. Palumbo finished with 10 saves.