Women's lacrosse falls under the lights in NE-10 affair with Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team fell to Merrimack College, 15-2, on Wednesday evening at Martone-Mejail Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the league, while the Warriors improved to 2-6 and 1-4.

Junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) and sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) scored for Saint Michael's, while sophomore Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) caused four turnovers and picked up four ground balls. Classmate Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) also scooped up four ground balls while causing two turnovers, and first-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made eight saves.

Senior Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) recorded four goals, two assists and seven draw controls for Merrimack, while junior Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) added four goals. Sophomore Mia Rapolla (Gorham, Maine/Gorham/UMass) netted a pair in addition to recording five ground balls, while junior Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) had nine saves.

Merrimack scored three times in a 54-second span during the opening 2:56 of the game to take control, eventually holding an 8-0 lead at halftime. After the hosts extended their lead to 10 by the time 5:53 elapsed in the second period, King found the back of the net at the 20:44 mark on a free-position shot. Five different players scored the next five Warrior goals prior to Piper tallying with 4:24 remaining.

The Purple Knights return home for their next two contests, beginning on Saturday when they take on American International College at 12 p.m.