#10 Stonehill Rallies Past #9 East Stroudsburg, 6-5

Sophomore Erika Kelly scored four goals to lead the Skyhawks to a comeback win at #9 East Stroudsburg. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Kelly adds four goals to finish with seven on the weekend, Sideris caps rally with winning goal as Skyhawks complete Pennsylvania sweep

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (September 8, 2013) – Stonehill College, ranked 10th in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II preseason coaches' poll, capped its first sweep of a Pennsylvania trip since 2005 with a 6-5 comeback victory over 9th-ranked East Stroudsburg University in non-conference field hockey action at Whitenight Field this afternoon.

Sophomore Erika Kelly (Watertown, Mass./Watertown), who scored all three of Stonehill's goals in Saturday's 3-2 overtime triumph at 3rd-ranked Bloomsburg University, added four more tallies this afternoon as the Skyhawks rallied from deficits of 3-1 at halftime and 5-3 with under 23-minutes remaining to claim the comeback triumph. Junior All-American Emily Sideris (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) scored the game winning goal with less than 13 minutes to play, while classmate Jennifer Foley (Holden, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) also chipped in with a marker. Senior Kelly Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) dished out two assists, while senior Kelsey Davis (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) added a helper as well.

Junior Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Md./North Harford) recorded a career-high 12 saves, six in each half, holding East Stroudsburg to a pair of second half goals to keep Stonehill in the game. East Stroudsburg posted a 20-19 edge in shots for the contest and had a 13-6 advantage in penalty corners.

Junior Elizabeth Genovese had a career-high 12 saves in the win today. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Sophomore Ally Roth (Scotrun, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) scored two goals for East Stroudsburg, while juniors Gabrielle Seibert (Milton, Pa./Milton) and Jessica Lawville (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) as well as sophomore Kaitlin Blum (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) each chipped in with markers. Freshman Madelyn Craver (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot) posted five saves in 61:59 in the Warriors goal, while classmate Danielle Ard (Mifflinburg, Pa./Mifflinburg) went untested over the final 8:01.

Junior All-American Emily Sideris scored the winning goal to cap the Skyhawks rally. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

East Stroudsburg staked out a two goal lead just 5:39 into the contest with Seibert scoring an unassisted goal 1:14 into the game before Roth doubled the Warriors lead off a penalty corner from senior Brielle Kessel (East Stroudsburg, Pa./East Stroudsburg South). Kelly put Stonehill on the board off a pass from Gouveia at 8:05, but Roth sent East Stroudsburg into halftime with a 3-1 margin with an unassisted strike at 24:37.

Foley pulled Stonehill back within a goal again, off a feed from Gouveia, 8:46 into the second half, but Blum reclaimed East Stroudsburg's two goal margin once again when she knocked in a rebound off a corner less than three minutes later. Kelly added her second goal of the contest just 17-seconds after the Blum tally to cut the Skyhawks deficit to a goal for a third time, but Lawville restored the two goal cushion a mere 23-seconds after that to put the Warriors up 5-3 at 47:15.

Stonehill kept the pressure on and netted three goals in a five minute span to take the lead. Kelly struck twice more at 52:01 and 54:35 to knot the score, the latter goal assisted by Davis off a penalty corner. Sideris capped the comeback with her first goal of the season at 57:40 to give the Skyhawks a lead they would not relinquish. Genovese and the Stonehill defense faced just two shots and two corners over the final 11:27 and were up to the task each time to preserve the victory.

It marks the first time Stonehill has won a pair of games in the State of Pennsylvania since 2005 when the Skyhawks picked up wins over Mansfield University and East Stroudsburg. 

Stonehill (2-0, 0-0 NE-10) is back in action next Saturday when it visits Saint Michael's College for its Northeast-10 Conference opener at 2 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. East Stroudsburg (1-1, 0-0 PSAC) hosts No. 3 Bloomsburg University on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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