Purple Knights suffer setback to Queens in season opener, Piper posts three points

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team fell to Queens (N.Y.) College, 14-4, in its season opener on Saturday at Adelphi University's Motamed Field. The Purple Knights are 0-1 after the loss, while the Knights improve to 2-0 on the season. Saint Michael's played its first contest since completing last spring with a win over Queens, which was receiving votes toward the national poll at the time.

Sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) led Saint Michael's with two goals and an assist, while senior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) and junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) each finished with a goal. Mahoney added a pair of ground balls and two draw controls. First-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made six saves in her college debut.

Junior Taylor Martello (Carle Place, N.Y./Nassau CC) netted five goals and picked up an assist for Queens, while senior Heather Rosen (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) had four goals and four assists. Sophomore Shannon Doody (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook) recorded two goals and an assist, and senior Sarah Boucher (Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside) tallied six draw controls. Junior Kahli Evans (Adelaide, Australia/Blackwood) finished with eight stops.

Martello scored for the hosts 5:24 into the first half before Piper converted 1:38 later, knotting the game at 1-1. Queens scored the next eight goals over a 13:56 span, and King tallied with 5:17 remaining in the half to cut the Purple Knights' deficit to seven. That marked the beginning of a 3-1 Saint Michael's run, as Mahoney and Piper found the back of the net at 12:35 and 11:09, respectively, in the second half before the Knights added four more goals during the final 9:13.

The Purple Knights return to action on Thursday when they play Tiffin (Ohio) University at 2 p.m. in the first of two games in three days in Orlando, Fla.