by Kelsey Hausman, Shannon Slater, Matt Dresselhouse
The Franklin Pierce University Ravens failed to win their first Northeast-10 conference match of the season in a 53-60 loss against the Saint Michael’s College Purple Knights on Wednesday February 8th in the Fieldhouse.
Parents remained hopeful, cheering for their daughters, eager for them to earn their first in conference win against a team that is traditionally ineffective when facing them at home, St. Michael’s hasn’t won against, Franklin Pierce since January 22, 2001.
Student spectators and other fans continued to trickle in throughout the first quarter. The crowd supported with little emotion and low expectations due to the home team’s losing record of 2-19 before the contest.
Both teams warmed up with a lot of energy and eagerness to play, viewing the opponent as beatable and weaker. But Saint Michael’s would emerge victorious moving them into a three-way tie for second place in the Northeast-10 with Assumption College and Saint Anselm College.
After the match, senior captain Dana Campbell said, “We let the other team outplay us. We didn’t come out with the fire that we normally come out with.”
During the first half the Ravens and Purple Knights traded the lead five times. The Ravens ended the second quarter leading 27-25.
The score would flip back and forth throughout the second half, with single-digit leads alternating throughout the third quarter.
During this game, Campbell was a rebounding force who allowed the Ravens to maintain a series of comebacks and lead switches.
At the end of the fourth quarter, the Purple Knights took off, securing victory. With three minutes left the visitors knocked off seven straight points to take the lead 58-50 with 24 seconds to go, ending the Ravens’ chances for a comeback.
Throughout the game, St. Mikes intercepted several of Franklin Pierce’s passes fast breaking the ball for an easy two points. The Purple Knights gained 16 points off of 17 turnovers.
The Purple Knights appeared to make their layups with much more ease and success than the Ravens throughout the evening. The Ravens missed several layup attempts while their opponents found the basket with finesse. Saint Michael’s scored 26 points underneath the basket versus Franklin Pierce with 20.
Senior Mikayla Deguire was key for the Ravens, scoring 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. Dana Campbell contributed 10 points, 5 rebounds, one block, assist, and steal and junior Jemma Thacker racked in 10 points, 3 rebounds, three assists and a steal. Underclassmen Sarah Middleton and Kelsey Mayo added nine points each.
Key players for the Purple Knights consisted of sophomore Emily Ferreri who put up 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. Samantha Delaney also led the visitors with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Freshman Brianna Purcell contributed 10 points, eight rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals for the evening and Senior Indira Evora racked in 9 points, four assists, and 2 steals.
The Ravens will play their next match against nationally ranked Bentley on Saturday February 11th.
Campbell said that the lesson from the game was, “Not to play down to our competition’s level we have to outwork and have more energy and passion than the other team.”