Courtesy of Mount Holyoke College Sports Information
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The Thomas College field hockey team fell to a very strong Mount Holyoke College team on Sunday morning, 5-0, in non-conference action.
Winners of their last two contests, the Lyons improve to 4-2 overall. The Terriers slip to 1-4 on the young season.
Mount Holyoke jumped out to the early advantage, scoring at the 3:00 mark behind a tally from forward Anna Ballou. Sophie Perekslis fired in the original shot, but her attempt was saved by Thomas's Leah Kruse (Norridgewock, Maine). The ball made a quick left carom out to Ballou, who buried it into the open left corner. Just over 4:15 later, the Lyons grabbed the 2-0 edge as Perekslis chipped in the shot from close range off a pass from Kaitlin Braz.
The home team made it a three-goal lead at the 15:01 mark as Mirjam Keochakian sent a long cross through the circle to the left side. Kathryn Rawson was there at the left post, sending a shot past the reach of Kruse.
Thomas, which was held to just two shots in the contest, nearly broke onto the scoreboard at 50:11 as sophomore midfielder Danita Storey (Cumberland Ctr., Maine) battled past an MHC defender for a clear shot on goal. Lyons keeper Gianna Molinari came out to make the stop, kicking it out of danger to preserve the advantage.
Defender Julia Lankin made it a 5-0 lead at 61:31 after a great stick-to-stick play. Colby Newsham earned the assist after she corralled a ball from Rawson at the left corner. Newsham sent a cross barrelling into the middle past the goalie to Lankin, who buried it at full speed.
Mount Holyoke closed out the scoring with no time remaining, earning a penalty corner as the clock expired. The ball was sent into the middle of the circle and off the stick of junior Liz Delorme as it arched over the goaltender. Sophomore forward Micaela Pierce came in on the backside, knocking it into the open net for her first collegiate goal.
The Lyons, who held a 27-2 edge in shots and a 14-1 advantage in penalty corners, saw starter Morgan Turner earn the win. She was not forced to make a save through the opening half of action. Molinari came on for 29:19 of relief, making one stop, while rookie Maddie Miller played the final 5:41 and was not forced to make a stop.
For Thomas, Kruse made a number of outstanding saves, finishing with 13 overall in the defeat.
The Terriers will be back in action on Wednesday, September 20 as they travel to Bates for a 7:00 p.m. contest.