Stonehill Edges Saint Anselm, 2-1

Senior Brittany Ford scored the deciding goal early in the second half. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Ford nets gamewinner ten minutes into second half to keep Skyhawks playoff hopes alive

MANCHESTER, N.H. (October 16, 2012) – Stonehill College gave its postseason chances a big boost with a key 2-1 victory over Saint Anselm College in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at Grappone Stadium tonight.

Senior Brittany Ford (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and freshman Erika Kelly (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) netted goals for Stonehill as the Skyhawks posted a 10-3 advantage for shots and a 6-2 edge for penalty corners.

Sophomore Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Md./North Harford) finished with one save to preserve the win for Stonehill, while sophomore Jessica Snow (Shrewsbury, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) finished with three stops for Saint Anselm.

Freshman Canada Stewart (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) scored the lone goal for Saint Anselm.

Stonehill struck early with Kelly netting her seventh goal of the season when she tipped in a pass from junior Devin Ingersoll (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) 1:23 into the contest. Saint Anselm leveled the score just over ten minutes later with Stewart's sixth of the season off a feed from sophomore Bridget Davis (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) at 11:43.

Ford's eighth goal of the year provided the gamewinner, with an assist from junior Gina Sheehan (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury), 9:42 into the second half.

Stonehill (8-9, 5-5 NE-10) closes out the regular season on Saturday when it visits Saint Michael's College for an NE-10 matchup at 11 a.m. The Skyhawks can clinch a spot in next week's Northeast-10 Tournament with a win. Saint Anselm (6-11, 3-6 NE-10) closes out the regular season at Bentley University on Thursday at 7 p.m.