Piper's seven points pace five Purple Knights with hat tricks against Tiffin

DAVENPORT, Fla. - Five players notched a hat trick for the Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team, as the Purple Knights topped Tiffin (Ohio) University, 19-9, to secure their first victory of the season on Thursday at Northeast Regional Park. Saint Michael's improves to 1-1 after the win, while the Dragons fall to 1-3.

Sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) posted career highs of seven points, four goals and three assists for the Purple and Gold, and classmate Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) matched a career best with three tallies. Juniors Caroline Casper (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) and Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) and sophomore Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) each tallied a career-high three goals.

First-year Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) netted her first collegiate goal while picking up four ground balls, and senior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) and junior Alexa Coleman (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) both scored. Sophomore Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) controlled five draws, junior Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) totaled six ground balls and three caused turnovers, and first-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) notched eight saves and five ground balls.

Senior Alexandria Quast (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) paced Tiffin with five goals, two assists and five draw controls, while sophomore Alexis MacMillan (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) and first-year Katelyn Hill (Plymouth, Mich./Plymouth) each finished with a goal and an assist. Sophomore Jessica Bombard (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) made 12 saves.

On the strength of five Piper points, the Purple Knights pulled out to a 9-1 advantage during the opening 18:32 of the contest, as five players had goals. Consecutive free-position tallies by Tiffin late in the first half were met by a trio of consecutive Saint Michael's markers, as the score stood 12-3 when Boyer completed her hat trick 1:06 into the second half. The Dragons never came closer than seven goals from there, as the Purple Knights led by as many as 11.

The Purple and Gold is back on the field on Saturday when it competes in its final Spring Break contest against Colorado Mesa University at 12 p.m.