Gleason Converts Latendresse Feed For Lone Goal, Ryder Collects Ninth Shutout With Four-Save Effort As Sixth-Ranked Field Hockey Advances To First-Ever Northeast-10 Championship Match With 1-0 Semi-Final Victory Over Seventh-Ranked Bentley
October 29, 2005
STONEHILL FIELD HOCKEY
2005 Northeast-10 Conference Semi-Finals
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Cushing Field, Lowell, Mass.
FINAL:STONEHILL 1, BENTLEY 0
Bentley (16-5)00- 0
Stonehill (17-2)01- 1
STO:Caitlin Gleason (Kelly Latendresse)41:30 2nd
LOWELL, Mass.-- Sophomore Caitlin Gleasons (New Boston, N.H.) 12th goal of the season 6:30 into the second half lifted sixth-ranked and second-seeded Stonehill to a 1-0 victory over seventh-ranked and third-seeded Bentley in semi-final round play of the 2005 Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey Championships Saturday afternoon at UMass Lowells Cushing Field.
The Skyhawks, who extended their school-record winning streak to 13 straight with the triumph in improving to 17-2 on the season, advance to their first-ever Northeast-10 championship match on Sunday afternoon to take on third-ranked and top-seeded UMass Lowell (18-2), as the River Hawks set a school record with their 16th straight victory in posting a 5-2 triumph over eighth-ranked and fourth-seeded Southern Connecticut in Saturdays first semi-final contest.
Stonehill and Bentley played a scoreless first half before Gleason converted a pass from junior All-America Kelly Latendresse (Sidney, Maine) and tipped a high shot into the net for the only score of the match, and sophomore Dani Ryder (Gloucester, Mass.) made that stand up in goal for the Skyhawks by making four saves to collect her 17th win of the season and ninth shutout triumph. Senior Kristin Johnson (Reading, Mass.) made five stops in the setback for the Falcons (16-5), as three of Bentleys five setbacks this season have come at the hands of Stonehill, including two via shutout. The Skyhawks outshot the Falcons by a 10-7 margin for the match, including a 5-1 edge in the second half alone.
Stonehill and UMass Lowell met once during the regular season, as the two-time defending league tournament champion River Hawks overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit to post a 3-2 victory over the Skyhawks back on September 14th at Cushing Field. Stonehill has not dropped a match since that contest. Sundays championship match will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Cushing Field.