Shannahan, Green carry No. 11 Stonehill to narrow victory against No. 10 Dowling
EASTON, Mass. -- No. 11 Stonehill claimed a key regional victory with a 16-12 decision against 10th-ranked Dowling on Saturday.
Junior Kelsey Shannahan contributed to half of Stonehill's goals as she compiled a career-high eight points with four goals and a career-best four assists on the day. Senior Kayla Green netted a team-high five goals, while sophomore Elizabeth Lane added three goals and an assist for four points with five draw controls.
Senior All-American Kelsey Reilly became the 14th player in program history to reach 200 career points with her two goals and an assist for three points, while adding seven draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers in her final regular-season home game. She has totaled 139 goals and 62 assists for 201 points in 70 career games played. Sullivan chipped in with two goals for the Skyhawks, while junior Mary Lee Mahony dished out four assists.
Sophomore Ashley Armstrong preserved the win with 10 saves, stopping four of six free-position shots by Dowling, as Stonehill finished with a 30-25 edge in shots and a 16-14 advantage in draw controls. It converted 11 of 16 clear attempts. Senior Tina Fey posted 11 saves in goal for Dowling.
Senior Nicolle Moran led Dowling with a game-high six goals, while sophomore Jackie Anderson contributed a goal and four assists for five points, with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Juniors Samantha Stavish and Kelly Difede both chipped in with a pair of goals for the Golden Lions.
Green opened the scoring 3:41 into the contest for Stonehill. Dowling scored the next two goals as Anderson set up Difede five minutes in and scored an unassisted goal seven minutes in to take the lead. Stonehill scored five of the next seven goals, scoring back-to-back goals twice, to open a two-goal lead (6-4) on a free-position goal by Shannahan with 11:39 left in the half. Shannahan and Sullivan both scored twice during that stretch, while Mahony collected two assists.
Dowling knotted the score with goals from Stavish and Moran within a three-minute span, but Stonehill regained its two-goal cushion by halftime with back-to-back markers from Reilly, including her 200th career point, in the last 1:57.
Green opened the second-half scoring for Stonehill 42 seconds in. The teams traded goals before the Skyhawks extended their lead to four goals (12-8), with scores by Green and Lane 21 seconds apart.
Dowling drew within three (13-10) with an unassisted tally by Moran, but Stonehill broke away with three consecutive goals for a six-goal advantage (16-10) after Shannahan's fourth of the day with 4:49 remaining. She also dished an assist during the clinching run for the Skyhawks. Dowling scored the last two goals of the contest to pull within four at the final whistle.