#4 Stonehill Turns Back #10 American International, 3-1

Senior All-American Devin Ingersoll dished two assists in the win over #10 American International tonight. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Ingersoll dishes two assists, Kelly nets 11th goal to lead Skyhawks

EASTON, Mass. (September 19, 2013) – Stonehill College, ranked fourth in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, opened its home schedule with a 3-1 victory over 10th-ranked American International College in non-conference field hockey action at Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium tonight.

Stonehill is off to a 5-0 start, with its third win over a nationally-ranked opponent, for the first time since winning its first seven contests in 2007. Senior All-American Devin Ingersoll (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) dished out two assists on the Skyhawks first two goals of the contest, including the Northeast-10 Conference-leading 11th marker of the year by sophomore Erika Kelly (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) that broke a 1-1 tie 14 minutes into the second half. Stonehill also got goals from seniors Kelly Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) and Kelsey Davis (Gardner, Mass./Gardner).

Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Md./North Harford) made one save in the Stonehill cage as the Skyhawks posted a 28-7 advantage for shots and claimed a 13-5 edge for penalty corners. Stonehill got strong defensive play from seniors Gina Sheehan (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury), Chelsea Emery (New Hampton, N.H./Tilton School) and Emily Coholan (South Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth), holding American International to just two shots on goal.

Sophomore Erika Kelly potted her NE-10 best 11th goal and third gamewinner of the year. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Senior Kori Huffman (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro Union) kept American International in the game with 14 saves, including eight in the second half. Junior Jenna Masionis (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) scored her team-leading sixth goal of the year for the Yellow Jackets.

Despite a 13-5 shot differential in the first half, it took 33:19 for Stonehill to break through as Ingersoll fired in a cross from a low angle on the right side that snuck past an AIC defender and Huffman to Gouveia at the far post, who knocked the ball into the cage for her first goal of the season on the final shot of the half.

American International equalized following a turnover after the opening possession as Masionis fired in a shot from the upper right corner of the arc just 29-seconds after halftime. Kelly put Stonehill back in front and logged her third game winning goal of the young season when she lofted a high shot from the left side off an Ingersoll feed following a penalty corner at 48:51. Kelly has now scored 11 goals in four games played and is over halfway to the program's single-season record of 20 markers set by Claire Hourihan, '10 in 2008 and matched in 2009.

Davis provided an insurance goal with 4:35 remaining with a drive from the upper right corner of the arc that caromed off the right post and bounced back into the cage off Huffman's leg for her first goal of the year.

Stonehill (5-0, 1-0 NE-10) returns to action on Saturday when it visits Southern Connecticut State University for a non-conference matchup at 2 p.m. The Skyhawks return home next Wednesday, September 25, to host Franklin Pierce University at 7 p.m. American International (4-2, 0-0 NE-10) hosts Bentley University on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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