WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) field hockey team dropped a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest to the Lasers of Lasell University (LAS), 4-0, on the USJ Field Hockey Field Saturday afternoon.
The Lasers, the 2019 GNAC Field Hockey runner-ups, controlled the action for much of the contest, capitalizing on their huge advantage on penalty corners, 15-0. Opportunities came often, and the Blue Jays defense did what they could to take many away, but Lasell added a goal in each period to stay in front en route to the victory.
Score: Lasell 4, Saint Joseph 0
Records: LAS 4-4 (3-0 GNAC), USJ 1-5 (0-2 GNAC)
Location: USJ Field Hockey Field | West Hartford, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Karen Nell] "We were obviously down a significant amount of players, our backup goalie [Abby Delgado] was playing the field for the first time ever. Our defense certainly stayed strong, and kept the team in second place [in the GNAC] in check for a long time. They had a lot of opportunities, and we were able to keep the game close, which was really our goal coming in. We definitely have the potential to win some games, so we need to go out there and execute better."
- Lasell held a hefty 27-2 shots advantage.
- Fifth straight loss for USJ.
- First-ever meeting between the teams.
- Eight penalty corners for Lasell in the first period. They had seven the other three periods combined.
NUMBER TO KNOW
1 – This is the first time in program history that the Blue Jays have allowed a goal in all four periods.
LAS – Freshman Courtney Tello (Nashua, N.H.) picked up the win (4-3), her second shutout of the season. She had two saves in 60 minutes.
USJ – Sophomore goalie and captain Wendy Bowden (Old Saybrook, Conn.) took the loss (0-4), allowing four goals in a full 60 minutes. She also had nine saves, one shy of tying her career-high and program record.
The Blue Jays will be back at home for another GNAC battle, this time with intrastate foe, Albertus Magnus College on Tuesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. under the lights of the USJ Field Hockey Field.
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