#6 Stonehill Shuts Out Southern Connecticut State, 2-0

Senior Courtney Osier stopped all five shots on goal against her to record her 17th career shutout today. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes) 

Osier stops five shots on her way to sixth shutout of the year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (November 6, 2010) – Stonehill College, ranked sixth in this week's Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, posted its second-straight shutout victory with a 2-0 decision over Southern Connecticut State University in a non-conference field hockey matchup at Jess Dow Field this afternoon.

Senior goalkeeper Courtney Osier (South Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth) made five saves to preserve her second-straight shutout victory and her sixth of the season overall (17th career) to lead Stonehill to its tenth win over its last 11 outings. The Skyhawks finished with a 15-10 advantage in shots for the afternoon and a 12-9 margin for penalty corners.

Stonehill got goals from senior back Courtney Foley (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield Memorial) and junior forward Kathryn Nelson (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) in the win. Seniors Lindsey Pinkham (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) and Lauren Gifford (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown) and freshman Kelsey Davis (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) all dished assists for the Skyhawks.

Senior goalkeeper Lauren Zarrella (Morris, Conn./Wamogo) registered eight saves in the cage for Southern Connecticut State in the game.

Nelson put Stonehill in front early with her team-leading 18th goal of the year, assisted by Davis, just 2:02 into the game. The Skyhawks were unable to pull away, with Foley adding her fifth goal of the year off a penalty corner by Pinkham and fed by Gifford with 8:53 remaining in regulation to seal the victory.

Stonehill (13-5, 8-1 NE-10) closes out the regular season on Wednesday when it visits Assumption College for a Northeast-10 matchup at 4 p.m. Southern Connecticut (8-10, 6-3 NE-10) rounds out the regular season at Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday at 6 p.m.