Smith posted her fifth-straight multi-goal game and third straight hat trick tonight at AIC. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)
Smith and Andersen lead Skyhawks to fourth straight win
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 26, 2017) – Stonehill College jumped out to a five goal lead and didn't look back in posting its fourth straight win with a 7-2 decision at American International College in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at Ronald J. Abdow Field tonight.
Junior All-American Kacie Smith (Norwood, Massachusetts/Norwood) posted her fifth straight multi-goal game to lead Stonehill, netting a hat trick for the third straight outing, as she also dished out an assist for seven points. She moves within three assists of the Skyhawks single-season record of 14 set by Kelly Latendresse, '07 in 2005 and her seven points give her 137 for her career to move into second place on the program's all-time list past Stonehill Athletic Hall of Famer Caitlin Gleason '08 (132).
Junior Carly Andersen (Cheshire, Connecticut/Canterbury School) added two goals and an assist for Stonehill, giving her at least a goal in four straight games and back-to-back multi-goal games. Senior Alexandria Sylvia (Brockton, Massachusetts/Brockton) and freshman Taylor Ladue (Westminster, Massachusetts/Oakmont Regional) also chipped in with goals for the Skyhawks.
Junior Sara Freedman (Hopkinton, Massachusetts/Hopkinton) finished with five saves in the Stonehill goal as the Skyhawks posted a 28-10 advantage for shots and held an 8-6 edge in penalty corners. Freedman did see her string of three straight shutouts come to an end as American International snapped a string of shutout minutes at 262:11. Senior Alex Torosian (Hopkinton, Massachusetts/Hopkinton) made nine saves in the AIC net.
Senior Katie Lombardozzi (Lancaster, Massachusetts/Nashoba Regional) and junior Devyn O'Connor (Marion, Massachusetts/Old Rochester Regional) each netted goals for AIC.
Andersen scored two goals for the second straight game and added an assist. (PHOTO BY Eamonn Grealish)
Smith put Stonehill on the scoreboard just 3:49 into the contest off a pass from Andersen. Ladue doubled the Skyhawks lead with her fifth goal of the year at 11:10, and then Andersen netted her first of the night at 24:05 to send the visitors into halftime with a three-goal lead.
Smith struck twice within the opening seven minutes of the second half to run the Stonehill lead to 5-0. She scored just 4:48 into the half and then finished off her hat trick at 41:41 with her NCAA Division II-leading 21st goal of the year.
O'Connor broke up the shutout bid with her first goal of the season, assisted by sophomore Georgia Barnes (Canberra, Australia), at 56:02, but Stonehill answered just 2:44 after with Andersen's tenth goal of the season, assisted by Smith. Sylvia capped the Skyhawks scoring with her fourth of the season, assisted by senior Alexandra Gerew (Woodstock, Connecticut/Pomfret School), at 63:10. Lombardozzi's second of the season for AIC capped the scoring with 1:09 remaining.
Stonehill (6-3, 3-0 NE10) returns to action on Saturday, when it hosts Adelphi University for its Alumnae Game at W.B. Mason Stadium at noon. American International (1-8, 1-3 NE10) visits Bentley University on Saturday at noon.
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