Junior Devin Ingersoll's 12th goal of the year with under three minutes to play lifted the Skyhawks into the postseason. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)
Ingersoll nets winner with less than three minutes to play
COLCHESTER, Vt. (October 20, 2012) – Stonehill College clinched a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament for the 15th-straight season with a 2-1 triumph over Saint Michael's College in the NE-10 field hockey regular season finale at Duffy Field today.
Stonehill (9-9, 5-5 NE-10) clinched the sixth seed and will travel to third-seeded University of Massachusetts Lowell (15-3, 8-2 NE-10) for Wednesday's NE-10 Tournament first round at 7 p.m. The winner advances to next weekend's final four, hosted by top-seeded Merrimack College, where it will face second-seeded Bentley University in North Andover, Mass., at 11 a.m. Saint Michael's sees its season come to an end with a 5-13 record overall, 3-7 in Northeast-10 play.
Stonehill finished in a three-way tie for fifth place with Southern Connecticut State University (8-9, 5-5 NE-10) and Assumption College (8-10, 5-5 NE-10), but placed second among the three in the mini-conference tiebreaker as Southern went 2-0 against the other two, while the Skyhawks were 1-1 and Assumption went 0-2, dropping the Greyhounds out of the mix while the Owls earned the fifth seed.
Junior Devin Ingersoll (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) fired Stonehill into the postseason with her team-leading 12th goal of the season. She took a quick restart after a Saint Michael's foul and fired a shot from just inside the arc on the right side with just 2:53 remaining in regulation. Freshman Erika Kelly (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) opened the scoring with her eighth goal of the year at 20:29. She carried the ball 30 yards, and then snuck through the Purple Knights defense before firing a shot from her backhand high into the net from the left wing.
Senior Kaitlyn Curtis (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) preserved the win with four saves (all second half) in the goal for Stonehill. Sophomore Sarah Healey (Canton, Mass./Canton) registered seven stops in the Saint Michael's cage. Stonehill finished with a 14-8 advantage for shots in the contest, but the Purple Knights posted a 7-6 edge in penalty corners.
Senior Julia Heald (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) scored a goal for Saint Michael's as her rebound in front of the goal 5:37 into the second half leveled the contest and marked her third goal of the season.