MILTON — Freshman Rhianna Sweeney scored her first two goals and Danielle Cummings took to a position shift for two more last Tuesday, Sept. 12 as Missisquoi overcame a sensational game by Milton goalkeeper Aly Sheehan for a 5-0 field hockey win.
Rachel Dumeny had MVU’s other goal, along with an assist to Cummings for the prettiest goal of the afternoon.
Sheehan and the Milton defense held the Thunderbirds (2-1) to just one first-half goal, on a shot from the middle of the circle by Dumeny. It remained 1-0 10 minutes into the second half, but by then the shorthanded Yellowjackets — with no bench — were running on fumes on the hot afternoon.
Dumeny just missed a second goal with a rising, 15-yard rocket from the left side that caught the outside of the cage, but moments later her shot from up top bounced around the goalmouth long enough for Sweeney to get a stick on it for her first varsity score and a 2-0 lead.
Two minutes later Dumeny was at it again, this time from the left wing with a strong pass through the circle that Cummings — unguarded in front of the far post — one-timed into the goal to make it 3-0.
“Beautiful, a beautiful goal,” Missisquoi coach Jeanne Rainville said.
After Sheehan made a half-dozen quick stops with her pads, Cummings scored her second of the half with a point-blank shot across the goalmouth and into the left side.
Sweeney finished the scoring with 4:08 remaining.
The Yellowjackets finished the game with their best pressure of the afternoon in the final two minutes, but despite a pair of penalty corners were unable to put a shot on goal as Cassidy Dunphy earned a no-save shutout.
Sheehan was a bit busier at the other end, stopping 17 shots that were often taken from close range.
“Milton did a great job sticking it out,” Rainville said. “Their goalie was amazing. She deserves player of the game for sure. Kudos to her. It could have been a lot worse if not for her.”