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Senior All-American Kathryn Nelson scored all three second half goals for the Skyhawks tonight. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Nelson nets second half hat trick, Curtis notches first career shutout

EASTON, Mass. (September 6, 2011) – Stonehill College, ranked fourth in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II preseason poll, bounced back from a pair of tough losses over the weekend with a 3-0 victory over American International College in non-conference field hockey action at W.B. Mason Stadium tonight.

Senior All-American Kathryn Nelson (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) sparked Stonehill to the win by scoring all three goals in the second half. Junior Jessica Laurendeau (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) and freshman Jennifer Foley (Holden, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) each notched their first collegiate points by dishing assists on the night.

Junior Kaitlyn Curtis (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) made five saves in the cage for Stonehill to notch her first career shutout. Senior Kim Steiner (Little Falls, N.Y./Little Falls) stopped eight shots in goal for American International. Stonehill finished with a 19-6 advantage in shots for the night, including an 11-2 margin in the second half.

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After a scoreless first half, Nelson broke the deadlock 2:27 into the second half when she took a pass from Laurendeau and fired a shot into an open net after Steiner was caught out of the cage following a save on the initial shot by sophomore Devin Ingersoll (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry).

Nelson struck again less than four minutes later when she one-timed a pass from the right side by Foley on a breakaway into an open net. She rounded out the hat trick at 43:38 with an unassisted tally off an AIC turnover inside the arc.

Stonehill (1-2, 0-0 NE-10) is right back in action on Thursday when it visits Saint Anselm College for a non-conference clash at 4 p.m. The Skyhawks return home next Wednesday, September 14, to host Adelphi University at 4 p.m. American International (1-2, 0-0 NE-10) hosts Saint Anselm on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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