Sophomore Erika Kelly netted her first collegiate hat trick to lead the Skyhawks past #3 Bloomsburg this afternoon. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)
Kelly hat trick lifts Skyhawks to first win over Huskies in program history
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (September 7, 2013) – Stonehill College, ranked 10th in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II preseason coaches' poll, rode a season-opening hat trick from sophomore Erika Kelly (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) to its first win in program history over perennial national power Bloomsburg (Pa.) University, ranked third nationally, in non-conference field hockey action at Sports Stadium this afternoon.
Kelly's first career hat trick ended a string of four losses for Stonehill in the all-time series with Bloomsburg. She scored in each period of play for the Skyhawks with senior Kelsey Davis (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) and junior All-American Emily Sideris (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) collecting assists on the afternoon. Junior Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Md./North Harford) made one save in the Stonehill goal to preserve the win, with the Skyhawks posting a 12-10 edge in shots for the contest as well as an 11-9 margin for penalty corners.
Juniors Felicia Domenici (Kunkletown, Pa./Pleasant Valley) and Candice Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) each scored goals for Bloomsburg, while sophomore Meagen Hill (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg) dished an assist. Senior Megan Eppley (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) finished with six saves in the Huskies goal, including five in the second half.
Stonehill never trailed in the contest with Kelly opening the scoring with a shot off a Davis penalty corner 16:48 into the game. Domenici equalized for Bloomsburg 11:17 into the second half off a pass from Hill, but Kelly reclaimed the Skyhawks lead just 21-seconds later off a feed from Sideris.
Bloomsburg forced overtime when Smith tallied an unassisted marker with 2:03 remaining in regulation, but Kelly's winner came on a breakaway from midfield 1:20 into the overtime period. The win marks Stonehill's first over a nationally-ranked opponent since a 3-1 decision over 9th-ranked Adelphi University on September 14, 2011, and its highest-ranked victory since a 2-1 triumph over No. 3 University of Massachusetts Lowell on September 10, 2009.
Stonehill (1-0, 0-0 NE-10) looks to build off the win tomorrow when it visits 9th-ranked East Stroudsburg University at 1 p.m. The Skyhawks first home game is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, when it hosts American International College for a non-conference clash at 7 p.m. Bloomsburg (0-1, 0-0 PSAC) visits East Stroudsburg on Wednesday at 4 p.m.