Junior Lauren Giordano scored the Skyhawks final goal, which proved to be the difference. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)
Skyhawks win third straight with three different goal scorers
EASTON, Mass. (October 17, 2014) – Stonehill College, ranked No. 4 in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, got goals from three different players to claim a key 3-2 triumph over 6th-ranked LIU Post in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium tonight.
Senior Jennifer Foley (Holden, Massachusetts/Notre Dame Academy), junior Lauren Giordano (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) and freshman Alexandria Sylvia (Brockton, Massachusetts/Brockton) all scored unassisted goals to lead Stonehill to its first win over LIU Post since 2009 and first at home since 2003. Senior Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Maryland/North Harford) made two saves to preserve the win for the Skyhawks who are winners of three straight to move to the top of the NE-10 standings.
Senior Stephanie Ruhle (Wanaque, New Jersey/Lakeland Regional) scored both goals for LIU Post. Sophomore Ericka Parks (Nesconset, New York/Smithtown East) finished with seven saves in the Pioneers cage, including five in the first half which finished level at a goal apiece. LIU Post registered a 15-14 edge in shots for the night, but Stonehill had a 10-7 advantage in penalty corners, including 5-2 in the second half.
Senior Jennifer Foley scored the opening goal for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Jan Volk/SportsPix)
Foley gave Stonehill the early advantage when she fired a shot into an open net on the right side off a deflected pass from senior All-American Emily Sideris (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) for her third goal of the season 16:22 into the contest. Ruhle equalized just over five minutes before halftime when she knocked in a loose ball behind Genovese off a rebound following a corner at 29:11 to send the game into the intermission knotted at 1-1.
Sylvia put Stonehill back in front 10:03 into the second half when she patiently knocked in a high rebound in behind Parks off a deflection for her sixth marker of the season. Giordano provided what proved to be an important insurance goal when she poked in a loose ball in front of the goal with 5:53 remaining for her ninth goal of the season.
LIU Post drew a goal back after time expired when Ruhle tapped in her second marker of the night (third of the season) off a pass from post grad Dani Crouse (Westville, South Africa) from a penalty corner by sophomore Stephanie Mocerino (Andover, New Jersey/Newton).
Stonehill (8-1, 3-0 NE-10) is right back on the field on Tuesday night when it wraps up a five game home stand by hosting Franklin Pierce University for an NE-10 matchup at W.B. Mason Stadium at 7 p.m. LIU Post (7-2, 3-1 NE-10) hosts Assumption College on Tuesday for a Northeast-10 clash at 4 p.m.