Richard collects both goals in non-conference victory
Nashua, N.H. – Senior forward Molly Richard (Leominster, Mass./Saint Bernard's) notched both goals for the Falcons as the Fitchburg State University field hockey team defeated the Raiders of Rivier University, 2-1 this evening at Raider Field in non-conference action.
Score: Fitchburg State 2, Rivier 1
Records: Fitchburg State (5-4) I Rivier (2-8)
How It Happened
Fitchburg State took an early 1-0 advantage in the eighth minute of play as Richard blasted a shot inside the near post for her team-leading seventh score of the 2018 campaign. Fitchburg State nearly doubled their lead late in the first half when freshman Jordan Bartell (Fitchburg, Mass./Fitchburg) put a shot on frame, but Raider keeper Emily Foster () turned the shot aside to keep the score at 1-0 going into the intermission.
Following the break, Rivier knotted the score (1-1) at the 43:21 mark as freshman Maegan Sheehy (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) collected a feed from junior Jaclyn Fraser (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) and deposited the ball into the back of the cage for her sixth goal of the year.
The Falcons regained the lead roughly one minute late however when Richard received a feed from junior Aislinn DeHorsey (Leominster, Mass./Leominster) and proceeded to bury a shot into the right side of the cage for her second score of the contest, resulting in the 2-1 final.
Inside the Numbers
This afternoon's contest will mark the ninth meeting between the two teams in the sport of field hockey with the Falcons currently 9-0-0 all-time when taking on the Raiders.
Fitchburg State has won the first eight contests against Rivier, including a 7-0 decision last season at Elliot Field.
In the cage, freshman Abby Bryant (Ware, Mass./Quabbin Regional) stopped three of the four shots she faced en-route to her fifth victory on the year for the Falcons, while Foster made four saves for the Raiders in the setback.
With four points this evening, Richard moves into second place on the Falcons all-time career points list with 116 career points.
Rivier concluded the contest with a slim 8-6 margin in shots, while also holding a 4-2 edge in penalty corners.
Falcons will host the Huskies of Southern Maine University tomorrow for a Little East Conference matchup, starting at 7:00 PM. Raiders will host the Hawks of Becker College on Thursday for a non-conference clash at 7:00 PM.