#6 Stonehill Edges Saint Anselm, 2-1 (OT)

Junior Kathryn Nelson scored her 14th and 15th goals of the season, including her NE-10 best sixth gamewinning goal, to lead the Skyhawks to their eighth-straight win today. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes) 

Nelson scores both Skyhawk goals, including winner 10:05 into OT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (October 23, 2010) – Stonehill College, ranked sixth in this week's Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, ran its win streak to eight games with a 2-1 overtime victory at Saint Anselm College at South Athletic Field this afternoon.

Junior forward Kathryn Nelson (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) scored both Stonehill goals, including the gamewinner 10:05 into overtime. Senior Lindsey Pinkham (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) and junior Laura Menke (Greenland, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) dished assists for the Skyhawks.

Senior Courtney Osier (South Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth) preserved the win with two saves, while sophomore Megan Sullivan (Braintree, Mass./Thayer Academy) stopped 17 shots in the cage for Saint Anselm. Stonehill finished with a 31-7 advantage in shots for the game, 19-3 on goal, and a 12-2 break on penalty corners.

Sophomore Kristina Katsikis (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) scored the lone goal for Saint Anselm.

Nelson opened the scoring with 6:28 to play in the first half when she took a pass from Menke to send Stonehill into halftime with a 1-0 lead. Katsikis leveled the contest 12:09 into the second half off a feed from senior Sara Griffin (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) for her third goal of the season.

Nelson's team-leading 15th goal of the year came just after the 80-minute mark, assisted by Pinkham, marking her Northeast-10 leading sixth game winning goal of the season.

Stonehill (11-4, 7-0 NE-10) is back in action on Wednesday for a first-place showdown with No. 2-ranked University of Massachusetts Lowell at W.B Mason Stadium on Senior Night at 7 p.m. Saint Anselm (2-10, 2-4 NE-10) visits American International College next Saturday at noon.