St. Michaels clinches playoff spot
SMITHFIELD, Rhode Island -- The Bryant University field hockey program dropped its final regular-season matchup, 1-0, to St. Michael's College on Senior Night at Turf Field Saturday. Andrea Slaven scored the game's only goal, a shot that beat senior starting goalkeeper Kasey Kortz (Louisville, Kent.) off a penalty corner in the 13th minute. It was Slaven's team-leading 19th goal of the season. Senior Courtney O'Brien (Tewksbury, Mass.) led the Bulldogs with four of the team's eight shots, but saw nothing come of her efforts, thanks to the stifling Purple Knights defense. And while St. Michael's registered fewer shots (5), the Purple Knights managed to put four of them on goal. Before the start of Saturday's game, Bryant honored its six-member senior class, Lisa Kennen (Waltham, Mass.), Rebecca Lange (Whitinsville, Mass.), Caroline Carr (Wrentham, Mass.), Shana Libman (Attleboro, Mass.), O'Brien and Kortz, as well as St. Michael's seven seniors. The loss leaves Bryant at a 12-6 overall mark, going 12-4 in Northeast-10 Conference play. St. Michael's finishes the regular season at 8-10 overall with an even 8-8 mark in the NE-10. Next up, the Bulldogs will host a quarterfinal matchup of the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs Wed., Oct. 24. The time and opponent are to be announced. UVM wins on Senior Day
BURLINGTON -- Junior Kim Striegler (Whitney Point, N.Y.) scored the only goal of the contest 13:59 in to lead the University of Vermont field hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Columbia on Sunday at Moulton Winder Field. With the win the Catamounts improve to 12-5 overall on the year and tie the school record for victories in a season. Sunday was also the final home regular season contest for Catamount seniors Danielle Collins (Walpole, Mass.), Kate Lipton (Newton, Mass.), Kelly McClintock (Williston, Vt.), Lisa Patrick (Jericho, Vt.), Betsy Welsh (Lambertville, N.J.) and Stirling Winder (Manchester, Mass.). The Catamounts scored the only goal they would need with 21:01 left in the first half. After drawing a penalty corner, Striegler took a shot that Columbia (8-6, 3-2 Ivy League) keeper Gena Miller got a piece of, but ended up deflecting it high and into the back of the net. Seniors Welsh and Lipton earned assists on the goal. Sophomore keeper Kristen Heavens (Harwinton, Conn.) earned her fifth shutout of the year in goal for Vermont as she made two saves, while Miller had eight stops in the loss. Vermont held a 14-4 edge in shots and each team had eight penalty corner attempts.