Southern Connecticut State Turns Back #10 Stonehill, 4-2

Junior Devin Ingersoll scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season for the Skyhawks tonight. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

McGinnis sparks offense, Dolloff preserves lead with nine saves

EASTON, Mass. (October 10, 2012) – Southern Connecticut State University held off a second half rally from Stonehill College, ranked tenth in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, for a 4-2 victory in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium this evening.

Freshman Bailey McGinnis (North Branford, Conn./North Branford) scored two goals and classmate Audrey Dolloff (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) registered nine saves to lead Southern Connecticut State to the win. Dolloff posted six of her stops in the second half as Stonehill outshot the Owls 18-6 in the frame and 25-12 overall on the night. The Skyhawks also finished with an 11-5 advantage for penalty corners.

Junior Sarah Cebry (Burlington, Conn./Lewis Mills) and freshman Lauren Anderson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) each contributed a goal and assist for Southern.

Stonehill got goals from senior Brittany Ford (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and junior Devin Ingersoll (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry). Sophomore Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Md./North Harford) registered five saves over the opening 52:40 in the Skyhawks cage. Senior Kaitlyn Curtis (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) played the final 17:20.

Anderson netted the lone goal of the first half when she knocked in a rebound at the near post for her second goal of the season at 27:04. Stonehill equalized at 47:09 off a corner from junior Kelsey Davis (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) that was blasted from the top of the arc by Ingersoll for her 11th marker of the season.

Southern answered just over three minutes later when Anderson set up McGinnis for her first goal of the night on a one-timer at 50:33. The Owls extended their lead to two goals at 56:53 with Cebry's 19th of the year off a break down the right side and a low angle shot through the goaltender.

Stonehill closed back within a goal with Ford's seventh of the year when she pounced on a loose ball in front of Dolloff and pushed the ball over the goal line at 58:04. Southern regained its two goal lead with 5:34 remaining with McGinnis' eighth goal of the year on a tip in off a shot from the right side by Cebry off a Stonehill turnover deep in its territory.

Stonehill (7-8, 3-4 NE-10) returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Adelphi University in a big NE-10 clash on Senior Day at 1 p.m. Southern Connecticut State (5-8, 2-4 NE-10) visits Saint Anselm College on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Field Hockey Highlights vs. Southern Connecticut State