SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - The Simmons College field hockey team was defeated by host Mount Holyoke College, 1-0, this evening at MHC Turf Field in South Hadley, Mass. The Sharks fall to 9-4 on the season, while the Lyons improve to 6-5.
Mount Holyoke outshot Simmons, 13-4, and held a 12-4 advantage on penalty corners with seven of those coming in the final five minutes of play.
The Lyons tallied the only goal of the night in just the fourth minute of play. Sophomore midfielder Sophie Perekslis (Millerton, N.Y.) carried the ball into the offensive zone and sent a hard shot into the circle. Junior forward Charlotte Wagner (West Chester, Pa.) was there for a one-timer that sailed past the keeper into the left corner for her team-high 11th goal of the year and a 1-0 lead at 3:33 of the opening half.
The Sharks looked to knot the game early in the second half when sophomore forward Julie Saltamartini (East Hampstead, N.H.) directed a shot on goal off a penalty corner, but the attempt was turned away by the Mount Holyoke keeper just 2:37 into the period.
Despite having seven penalty corners in the final minutes of the match, the Lyons could only manage one shot as the Simmons defense buckled down.
Junior goalie Brianna Rastello (Salem, N.H.) made six saves for the Sharks, while junior keeper Liz DiCesare (Westford, Mass.) stopped both shots she faced to record her eighth career shutout for Mount Holyoke.
Simmons will be off for almost 10 days and returns to action on Saturday, October 17 when it hosts Great Northeast Athletic Conference foe Anna Maria College on Winsor Field at 4:00 p.m., while the Lyons travel to Springfield, Mass. on October 10 for a 4:00 p.m. contest with Springfield College.