Saints tie field hockey program record, shut out Wells 9-0
Senior Celia Fleckner and first-year Marlee Paterson scored their first collegiate goals as the St. Lawrence field hockey team posted a dominant 9-0 win over Wells College in a non-conference game on North Country Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Saints' nine goals ties the program record for goals in a game, which was initially set in the 2000 season against Vassar and they have matched in each of the last outings against Wells, having posted a 9-2 win over the Express to finish the 2017 campaign.With the win, the Saints improve to 4-6 overall, while Wells falls to 1-10.
Lucy Stillman and Isabel Thompson each finished with two goals and an assist on the day, while Bailey Sherwin, Melissa Grosshans and Jackie Reiss also scored for the Saints.
Sherwin opened the scoring with a backhand push from the middle of the circle in the second minute of play for the game-winning goal. Stillman followed with her first of the game just 49 seconds later to push the lead to 2-0.
Stillman and Thompson then went back-to-back to push the margin to 4-0 St. Lawrence with a goal at 10:28 and 10:42, respectively, which each assisting the other on their tallies. Grosshans' then notched her third of the season not long after in the 13th minute for the Saints fifth goal.
In the later part of the second half, Reiss buried a turnaround shot off a rebound after Wells goalkeeper Allison Solomon made the initial stop on a shot by Mary Clark for a 6-0 lead before Thompson tallied her second of the game in the 33rd minute.
In the 34th minute, with the Saints leading 7-0, Paterson finished a pass into the opposite corner of the wide-open cage after Solomon came out to challenge Thompson before she pushed it to the Saints' first-year on the left side for the first of her career to make it 8-0 heading into the half.
After focusing on a passing game for much of the first part of the second half, the Saints applied pressure once again nearing the 60th minute with Fleckner, a defender, moved up to a forward wing position. After she was stopped by a great defensive play by Solomon, Fleckner beat her with a backhand push from in tight on the goal to conclude the scoring.
The Saints outshot Wells 30-2 on the day, with a 22-1 advantage in shots on goals. They also took 10 penalty corners to Wells' one.
Solomon finished with 13 saves, while St. Lawrence starter Sydney Giacin recorded one save in her first collegiate shutout.
St. Lawrence now turns its attention to William Smith, as the Saints host the Herons for a key Liberty League contest on Friday, October 12 at 4 p.m. on North Country Field.