Twelve Purple Knights score, women's lacrosse finishes Florida trip with 2-0 mark

DAVENPORT, Fla. - Twelve different players scored, and the Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team won for the second time in as many contests on their Spring Break trip, 18-11, against Colorado Mesa University on Saturday at Northeast Regional Park. The Purple Knights moved to 2-1, while the Mavericks are 1-4.

Junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) paced Saint Michael's with three goals and career highs of six points and three assists, while classmate Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) added a hat trick and four draw controls. Sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) had two goals and two assists, and classmate Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) scored twice. Junior Shannon Murphy (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) totaled a goal, an assist and four draw controls, first-year Maggie Dougherty (Verona, N.J./Verona) had a goal and an assist, and classmate Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made eight saves.

Sophomore Lexie Chavez (Littleton, Colo./Dakota Ridge) had three goals and eight draw controls for Colorado Mesa, junior Allie Henderson (Parker, Colo./Chaparral) notched a hat trick and an assist, and first-year Ashley Eickoff (Yorba Linda, Calif./El Dorado) turned in three tallies. Junior Lauren Wells (Parker, Colo./Chaparral) took the loss after making three first-half saves, and first-year Kady Herzog (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) had seven in relief.

Eickoff's tally at 26:39 of the opening half had the Mavericks on top, 2-1, before the Purple Knights held them scoreless for the ensuing 23:39, receiving five goals from five different players in that time. Piper assisted Martin at 23:44 before putting Saint Michael's ahead for good 2:04 later. After Eickoff cut her team's deficit to 6-3 with 2:58 left, Boyer countered at 2:11. In an ensuing 5:11 span that bridged halftime, King sandwiched two goals around Dougherty's first college marker, and Murphy capped the second 5-0 Purple Knight run of the game to make it 11-3 at 24:49 of the second half.

After the Mavericks crept as close as 13-8 with 14:54 left, Saint Michael's netted the next three in a matter of 1:39, with sophomore Julia Murphy's (Southboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) first collegiate goal completing the run and providing an eight-goal cushion. Colorado Mesa never again came closer than six.

The Purple Knights begin Northeast-10 Conference play on Monday at nationally-ranked Stonehill College at 3 p.m. It will mark the Purple and Gold's third game in five days. The Skyhawks are ranked 10th in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll and will continue a stretch of three games in four days.