Smith scored the Skyhawks goal, the 103rd of her career. (PHOTO BY Matt Campbell)
Rose nets pair as Setters sew up regular season title, top seed for next week's NE10 Tournament
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (November 6, 2018) – Pace University, ranked No. 2 in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, staked out a two goal lead in the first half and made it stand in clinching its first Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship with a 3-1 victory over No. 9 Stonehill College in NE10 field hockey action at Finnerty Field tonight.
Senior Halley Rose scored two goals to lead Pace to its 14th-straight win. Senior Jenna Sanossian also scored a goal for the Setters, while freshman Grace Henderson made the three goals stand with six saves in goal.
Senior All-American Kacie Smith, the reigning Longstreth/NFHCA Division II Player of the Year, scored the lone goal for Stonehill – the 103rd of her career. Senior Sara Freedman made four saves over the opening 51-minutes in the Skyhawks goal, before sophomore Katie Lammando was untested in the final 19-minutes. Sophomore Elaine Bachelder registered a defensive save for the Skyhawks.
Rose opened the scoring four minutes into the contest with an unassisted strike and then Sanossian doubled the lead after 17-minutes when she scored her eighth goal of the year off a pass from senior Paige Predmore.
Smith's 26th goal of the season pulled Stonehill back into the game with 11:10 remaining in the first half, but Rose's 15th of the year 6:40 into the second half restored the two-goal lead for Pace, where it stood until the final buzzer.
Stonehill (11-6, 7-5 NE10) closes out the regular season on Saturday, when it aims to lock up a spot in next week's NE10 Tournament as it hosts Saint Michael's College on Senior Day at W.B. Mason Stadium at 1 p.m. Pace (17-1, 13-0 NE10) will host an NE10 quarterfinal round matchup on Tuesday, November 13.
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