#7 Stonehill Shuts Out American International, 2-0

Senior Courtney Osier made three key saves to record her 14th career shutout on Wednesday. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Osier stops all three AIC shots on goal to lead Skyhawks to victory

EASTON, Mass. (October 13, 2010) – Stonehill College, ranked seventh in this week's Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, returned to action following an eight day layoff to claim a 2-0 victory over American International College in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at W.B. Mason Stadium this afternoon.

Senior goaltender Courtney Osier (South Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth) made three saves in posting her third shutout of the season (14th career) as Stonehill remained perfect in NE-10 play with the win. Junior Kim Steiner (Little Falls, N.Y./Little Falls) posted six stops in the cage for American International. The Skyhawks finished with a 12-7 edge in shots and penalty corners for the match.

Senior captain Lindsey Pinkham (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) and junior Laura Menke (Greenland, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) scored goals for Stonehill. Junior Kathryn Nelson (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) chipped in with an assist. Pinkham has now notched a point in five-straight games for the Skyhawks, while Nelson has a point in four of their last five during the current five game winning streak.

Stonehill broke the deadlock less than five minutes before halftime when a shot by Pinkham was directed into the cage by an American International defender at 30:14 for her sixth goal of the season. The Skyhawks got a valuable insurance goal just over 12 minutes into the second half as Menke one-timed a cross from the right side by Nelson into an open net for her second goal of the season at 47:38.

Stonehill (8-4, 4-0 NE-10) returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Adelphi University for a key NE-10 matchup at noon. American International (6-5, 3-2 NE-10) hosts Franklin Pierce University on Saturday at 6 p.m.