Sophomore Alexandria Sylvia sparked a two-goal second half with what proved to be the winning goal for Stonehill. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)
Freedman notches five saves, three different goal scorers for Skyhawks
RINDGE, N.H. (October 7, 2015) – Stonehill College, ranked No. 10 in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, got back on track with a 3-1 victory over Franklin Pierce University in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at Sodexo Field today.
Stonehill got goals from three different players and freshman Sara Freedman (Hopkinton, Massachusetts/Hopkinton) preserved the win with five saves, coming within a minute of her third shutout of the season. Franklin Pierce held a 10-7 edge in shots for the game and a 6-4 advantage for penalty corners. However, junior Sarah Morse (Westminster, Massachusetts/Oakmont Regional), sophomore Alexandria Sylvia (Brockton, Massachusetts/Brockton) and senior All-American Erika Kelly (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) all scored goals for the Skyhawks.
Sophomore Meaghan Williams (Salem, New Hampshire/Salem) posted two stops in the Franklin Pierce goal. Freshman Reagan Moulton (Baldwinsville, Massachusetts/Narragansett Regional) scored the lone Ravens goal.
Freshman Sara Freedman made five saves to preserve the win. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)
Stonehill put one of its two first half shots in the back of the cage to carry a 1-0 lead into halftime. Morse went to the post after her pass to start a penalty corner and tipped in a rebound off the initial shot by freshman Kacie Smith (Norwood, Massachusetts/Norwood) with 4:02 remaining in the first half.
Sylvia scored off feed from senior All-American Elizabeth Thornton (Needham, Massachusetts/Needham) 10:52 in the second half to double Stonehill's lead. Kelly gave the Skyhawks a three goal cushion with 9:09 to play with her NE-10 leading 11th goal of the season. She has now totaled 82 goals and 181 points in 71 career games played – nine goals shy of the Northeast-10 career record and good for fourth on the league's all-time scoring list. Kelly has at least a point in all 11 games this season and 12 straight dating back to last season.
Moulton broke up Freedman's shutout attempt by grabbing a late consolation marker, assisted by sophomore Erin Smith (Templeton, Massachusetts/Narragansett), for her fourth goal of her freshman campaign with a tick under a minute remaining off a corner.
Stonehill (7-4, 5-1 NE-10) is right back in action on Friday when it visits Bentley University at 4 p.m. The Skyhawks return home on Tuesday, October 13, to host Saint Anselm College at W.B. Mason Stadium at 7 p.m. Franklin Pierce (6-5, 2-4 NE-10) travels to Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 6 p.m.