Junior Lauren Giordano scored the first two goals to lead the Skyhawks past rival Bentley tonight. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)
Giordano nets double, while Genovese posts four save shutout
WALTHAM, Mass. (September 17, 2014) – Stonehill College, ranked fifth in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, claimed its second shutout of the season with a 4-0 decision over rival Bentley University in non-conference field hockey action at Bentley Field tonight.
Junior Lauren Giordano (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) netted a pair of goals, including her third gamewinner of the season, while senior goaltender Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Maryland/North Harford) saved all four shots on goal she faced to claim her second shutout of the season (fifth career) to lead Stonehill to victory. The Skyhawks finished with a 17-4 advantage in shots for the contest, while holding an 8-3 edge in penalty corners.
Junior All-American Erika Kelly (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) added a goal and assist for Stonehill, while freshman Alexandria Sylvia (Brockton, Massachusetts/Brockton) chipped in with a goal. The Skyhawks scored three goals in the second half to break the game open, with Genovese posting two saves in each frame on the night.
Sophomore Evelyn Schaedel (Burlington, Vermont/Burlington) made three saves,
Junior All-American Erika Kelly moved within a goal of the program's career record with her 52nd career goal tonight. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)
while conceding three goals over the first 56:42 before yielding to junior Katie Kelley (Walpole, Massachusetts/Walpole) who surrendered a goal with no saves over the final 13:18.
Giordano got Stonehill started just 2:57 into the contest when she pushed the ball over the goal line on the third attempt after two defensive saves by junior Tori Ellis (Madison, New Jersey/Madison). Giordano doubled the Skyhawks lead 12:06 into the second half with another third-chance opportunity for her sixth goal of the season after Schaedel made the initial save and then a second Skyhawk shot was blocked before falling to Giordano's stick for the rebound goal.
Stonehill broke the game open with two goals in a five minute span in the final ten minutes of the contest. Sylvia scored her second goal of the season when she redirected a pass from Kelly from the outside at 62:41. Kelly added her sixth marker of the season at 67:44 with a drive that caromed off Kelley's stick and into the cage. The goal is the 52nd of Kelly's career, moving her within one of Caitlin Gleason's, '08, career program record of 53, while Kelly's three points tonight give her 110 career points – 22 shy of Gleason's career mark.
Stonehill (4-0, 0-0 NE-10) is back in action on Saturday, when it travels to Franklin Pierce University for a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m. The Skyhawks return home on Tuesday, September 30, to host Saint Anselm College for a non-conference contest at 7 p.m. Bentley (1-2, 0-0 NE-10) visits Merrimack College next Tuesday at 7 p.m.