Junior Elizabeth Thornton got the Skyhawks rolling in the second half with her third goal of the season. (PHOTO BY Emily Reynolds)
Kelly and Thornton lead three goal second half for Skyhawks
EASTON, Mass. (October 11, 2014) – Stonehill College, ranked No. 4 in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, scored three unanswered goals in the second half to come away with a 3-1 victory over rival Bentley University in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium this afternoon.
Junior All-American Erika Kelly (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) spearheaded the Stonehill comeback with two second half goals after classmate Elizabeth Thornton (Needham, Massachusetts/Needham) got the Skyhawks off the mark with her third goal of the season. Senior Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Maryland/North Harford) posted two second half saves to keep Bentley off the scoreboard over the final 35 minutes. Stonehill finished with a 19-7 advantage in shots for the afternoon, including 15-6 after halftime. The Skyhawks also held a 9-7 edge in penalty corners, logging eight after the intermission.
Freshman Taylor Kane (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania/Liberty) scored Bentley's goal on its first shot of the contest with just 2:52 remaining in the first half. She flipped a shot from the right side off a feed from sophomore Tori Ellis (Madison, New Jersey/Madison) on the second pass from the top of the circle off a penalty corner.
Junior All-American Erika Kelly scored two second half goals. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)
Junior Katie Kelley (Walpole, Massachusetts/Walpole) registered ten saves in the Falcons cage, including eight in the second half.
Stonehill came out firing in the second half after a flat opening 35 minutes with Thornton opening the Skyhawks scoring when she fired in a rebound on the left side of the cage after Kelley made the initial stop on a shot by junior Lauren Giordano (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) in the 42nd minute.
Kelly put Stonehill in front with what proved to be her first gamewinning goal of the season when she knocked a rebound off her own shot at a tight angle on the left post over Kelley's left shoulder 9:02 into the second half. Kelly added some insurance with her 11th goal of the season (57th career) on a penalty stroke at 50:01. The two goals this afternoon not only add to her program-record career total, but give Kelly 122 career points – good for sole possession of second place on the program's all-time scoring list, ten points shy of the program record of 132 by Caitlin Gleason, '08.
Stonehill (7-1, 2-0 NE-10) is back in action on Friday, October 17, when it hosts 6th-ranked LIU Post in a big NE-10 matchup at W.B. Mason Stadium at 6 p.m. Bentley (5-4, 1-1 NE-10) hosts Adelphi University next Saturday at noon.