Balanced attack leads to four hat tricks in women's lacrosse win over Southern Connecticut

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Four Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse players netted hat tricks on Saturday, leading the Purple Knights to a 17-7 victory against Southern Connecticut State University during Northeast-10 Conference action at Duffy Field. Saint Michael's improved to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the league, while the Owls are 0-4 and 0-3.

Junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) matched her career high with four goals while adding an assist, sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) had three tallies and two assists, while classmates Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) and Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each matched their personal bests with three goals. Junior Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) scored twice, and classmate Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) added a goal and two assists. Sophomore Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) aided the defense with six ground balls and five caused turnovers, while first-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) turned in nine saves.

Sophomore Sarah Muise (Killingworth, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) led Southern Connecticut State with four goals, while classmate Emily Orser (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) scored twice. Sophomore Hannah Prindle-Nelson (Sharon, Conn./Housatonic Valley Regional) made six saves.

The hosts scored the first eight goals by the time 14:11 remained in the opening period, with Boyer netting her hat trick during that time and Piper recording two markers and two helpers. Following tallies by Orser and Muise at 10:17 and 9:49, respectively, Beardsley wrapped two goals around a Martin tally during a 3-0 spurt, pushing the Saint Michael's advantage to 11-2 with 26:36 left in the game. After Muise scored three times in a 5-2 Owl run, the hosts pulled away with the final four goals.

The Purple Knights hit the road for their next three games, returning to action on Tuesday at Bentley University for a 7 p.m. contest. The Falcons were seventh in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll.