WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team fell to No. 8 Bentley University, 15-6, in a Northeast-10 Conference tilt on Tuesday at Bentley's turf field. The Purple Knights drop to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the league, while the Falcons, who are ranked in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, improve to 4-1 and 2-0.
Senior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) and junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) each netted a pair of goals for the Purple Knights, while sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) and first-year Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) each scored once. First-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made eight saves.
Senior Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) notched three goals and two assists for Bentley, junior Chelsea Larivee (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) tallied three goals and one assist and senior Alex Carney (Providence, R.I./The Wheeler School) finished with three markers. First-year Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) netted two goals, while senior Cori Geiger (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) had a goal and two assists. Junior Ally Dorman (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) posted six saves and six ground balls.
After the Falcons scored the game's first two goals, Bonewald converted a free position shot to make the score 2-1 11:01 into the first half. Bentley tallied four unanswered goals during an 11:40 span before Mahoney scored for the visitors with 1:22 remaining in the frame. The Falcons made the score 9-2 with three straight goals to start the second half before King and Piper netted back-to-back goals for the Purple Knights 3:52 and 4:38 into the stanza, respectively. The hosts extended their advantage to 14-4 with five consecutive markers before King and Mahoney scored two of the game's final three goals for Saint Michael's.
The Purple Knights return to the field on Saturday when they face Assumption College in a road contest scheduled for 1 p.m.