No. 4 Stonehill 4, No. 9 Bentley 3
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Stonehill, ranked fourth in this week's coaches' poll, erased a two goal halftime deficit and kept its program-best unbeaten start to the season intact with a 4-3 overtime triumph at ninth-ranked Bentley in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action on Tuesday.
Sophomore Erika Kelly got the month of October off to the same start as September, netting her fourth hat trick and her sixth game-winning goal of the year 5:46 into overtime to lead Stonehill to a 9-0 start for the first time in program history. The Skyhawks rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit behind a pair of Kelly goals just 52-seconds apart as well as a second half marker from sophomore Lauren Giordano.
Kelly, who scored the winner in Stonehill's other overtime win of the season at then 3rd-ranked Bloomsburg to open the season, scored the deciding goal tonight on the first shot by either side in the extra frame, slipping past a Bentley defender and then sliding a shot past Kelley 5:46 in for her NCAA Division II leading 18th goal of the year. Kelly is now just two goals shy of Stonehill's single-season record of 20 set by Claire Hourihan in 2008 and matched in '09.
No. 5 LIU Post 3, Assumption 0
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior forward Carlee Dragon became the LIU Post all-time points leader with her goal in the No. 5 Pioneers' 3-0 victory against Assumption on Tuesday evening in Worcester, Mass.
As a result, LIU Post improves to 8-0 on the season, including 3-0 in Northeast-10 play. The Greyhounds fall to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
Neither team found the back of the net during the first half, as the two squads entered halftime with the score knotted at 0-0. Assumption slightly outshot LIU Post in the first half, taking seven shots to the Pioneers' six. Both sides tallied four penalty corners in the half, and the visitors' Ericka Parks made five saves in the first, while Heather Philbrick recorded three stops for the home squad.
The second half was a different story, as Dragon found the back of the cage after three minutes had elapsed in the half. Sophomore Keliann Margiotta took a penalty corner which Dragon handled and took the 15-yard shot into the lower left corner of the goal. Sophomore Cindy Russell doubled the score with her second penalty score of the season in the 67th minute. Margiotta added one for good measure with one tick left on the clock as she redirected a shot from junior Lyn-Marie Wilson during a scramble in front of the goal as time expired.
Parks picked up her second shutout in goal as she made nine saves, while Philbrick made six stops and allowed three goals.
The Pioneers took 11 shots in the second half to end with 17, and also took nine penalty corners. The Greyhounds took 12 shots and eight penalty corners in the game.