GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (October 7, 2017) – For just the second time in 13 tries in program history, the Franklin Pierce University field hockey team took the field with Adelphi and came away winners on Saturday afternoon, on the road at Motamed Field. Junior forward Ashley Silva (Laconia, N.H.) scored a first-half goal and later assisted on the second-half game-winner, which came off the stick of junior midfielder Raegan Moulton (Baldwinville, Mass.) in the 62nd minute. It all added up to a 2-1 win for the Ravens in Northeast-10 Conference play.
With the win, Franklin Pierce improves to 7-5 (4-3 NE10), while Adelphi falls to 3-8 (1-5 NE10). Franklin Pierce controlled the game statistically, as the Ravens posted advantages of 7-2 in shot attempts, 3-1 in shots on goal and 6-1 in penalty corners.
For the Ravens, it was the first win against Adelphi since a 3-2, overtime win at Motamed Field on Sept. 4, 2012. Sara Michaels '16 scored twice in her collegiate debut, including the overtime winner, in that contest, which was the first win ever for Franklin Pierce in seven tries against the Panthers. Before Saturday, Franklin Pierce had been outscored by Adelphi 18-2 over five games since the 2012 victory.
The Ravens opened the scoring in just the 10th minute on Saturday afternoon, as Silva struck 9:13 into the proceedings. Senior forward Carly Canavan (Kingston, N.Y.) provided the feed from the right side, which found Silva in the middle for her third goal of the season.
For Canavan, the assist was her seventh helper of the season, the 13th assist of her career and her 73rd career point, as she continues her assault on the Franklin Pierce record book. The 73 career points moved her into a tie with Tia Levins '12 atop the program's all-time points list. Meanwhile, 13 career assists leaves her two behind the program record of 15, and seven assists on the season is just one in back of the school's single-season record of eight. Both assists records are held by Megan Bird '13, who set the single-season mark in 2011, which was the last time Franklin Pierce qualified for the postseason.
Adelphi would even the score at 1-1 just 88 seconds on the other side of halftime, in the 37th minute. Freshman midfielder Danielle Kempf provided the feed from the right side, as she set up senior forward Elizabeth Mercuri. The latter put home her fifth goal of the season to tie for the team lead.
The game remained tied at 1-1 until the 62nd minute, when Moulton cashed in the game-winner with just 8:11 to play in regulation. This time, Silva provided the assist, as she found Moulton with room to work with inside the circle. Moulton drew the goalkeeper off her line and then put a shot into the lower left corner of the cage for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Silva entered her junior season with just one previous career point, but has emerged as valuable depth for the Ravens this season and earned her fifth collegiate start on Saturday. The three-point day -- a career first -- gave her seven points on the season, which is tied for third on the squad.
Senior goalkeeper Meaghan Williams (Salem, N.H.) faced just the one shot on goal and did not make a save, though she picked up the win (7-5), which was the 27th of her career, to extend her own program record. At the other end of the field, senior netminder Amanda Gargiulo (3-8) made just one save against three shots on goal in the loss for Adelphi.
The Ravens return to the field on Tuesday, Oct. 10, when they return home to host NE10-leading Stonehill, which is undefeated in league play. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Sodexo Field in Rindge.
For more information on Franklin Pierce Athletics, please visit the official website of Franklin Pierce Athletics (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu). Also be sure to follow the Ravens through the Department of Athletics' official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens), its YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/franklinpiercesports) and its Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/FPUathletics). Fans wishing to purchase Franklin Pierce field hockey apparel can do so at the Department of Athletics' online store (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu/store).