The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team used a 5-1 second-half run to forge ahead for good and down Southern Connecticut State University, 12-10, on Saturday during Senior Day at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights snapped a three-game losing streak in improving to 4-8 overall and 4-7 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Owls are 3-12 and 1-10. With two games left, the Purple and Gold is 1.5 games out of the NE-10's sixth and final playoff spot.
Senior Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) notched three goals to go along with a career-high four assists, finishing with a career-high-tying seven points, for Saint Michael's. She moved into a tie for ninth in program history with 37 career assists. Sophomore Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) also tallied a hat trick in addition to totaling three ground balls and three draw controls, while seniors Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) had two goals apiece, with Jaskiewicz adding three ground balls. Sophomore Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) stopped 11 shots to earn the victory.
Senior Kim Liberty (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Lawrence) tacked on a goal and an assist for the hosts, and junior Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) totaled a well-rounded one goal, five ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Junior Jennifer McCarthy (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) paced Southern Connecticut State with four goals, senior Sarah Muise (Killingworth, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) had two goals and an assist, and first-year Emma Farrel (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) notched two goals and three draw controls. Senior Nora Anderson (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) made nine saves.
In a 2-2 game a little more than 10 minutes after the opening draw, the Purple Knights reeled off three straight goals in a matter of 2:00, with Piper recording a goal and an assist in that stretch, and the hosts led 5-2 by 16:26 of the opening half. McCarthy's goal at 16:09 brought the Owls within two, but Liberty again made it a three-goal cushion by tallying 52 seconds later, capping a 1:42 flurry during which four goals were scored. Farrel netted a pair during a 28-second span before first-year Nicole Healey (Milford, Conn./Saint Joseph) assisted McCarthy's tying goal and scored a go-ahead marker, with the four-goal run putting Southern Connecticut State in front for the first time, 7-6, but Piper scored on an eight-meter try at 41 seconds to send the teams into halftime tied at seven.
Muise's marker 50 seconds into the final stanza gave the visitors their final lead, as five of the next six goals came from Purple Knights. Bonewald scored off of a Piper feed before Piper tallied 50 seconds later, making it 9-8 with 18:40 to go, and McCarthy's ensuing tying goal at 17:24 was matched by Jaskiewicz's goal 1:35 later. Two MacKinnon markers in a 3:04 stretch created a 12-9 edge. Saint Michael's yielded another tally with 5:31 remaining, ending a 23:37 span during which it allowed just one goal, but first-year defender Susie Ellicks (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) snagged a ground ball with 4:05 left, and the hosts salted away the clock in their offensive end.
Six seniors were honored during a pregame ceremony: Boyer, Jaskiewicz, Liberty, Piper, Sarah Fortin (Dover, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) and Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas).
The Purple Knights conclude their home slate on Wednesday when they host American International College at 3:30 p.m.
Courtesy: Saint Michael's Athletics
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