Purple Knights use balanced scoring attack to defeat Franklin Pierce

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team picked up its second consecutive win, topping Franklin Pierce University, 16-8, in a Northeast-10 Conference game on Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Field. After the victory, the Purple Knights improve to 5-6 overall and 3-5 in the league, while the Ravens fall to 2-6 and 1-5.

Sophomore Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) netted a career-best five goals for Saint Michael's, while classmate Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) equaled her career high with four goals. Junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) notched a hat trick, and senior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset), junior Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), and sophomore Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) all found the back of the net. First-year Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) tallied her first college goal, while junior Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) picked up a pair of assists. Junior Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) posted career highs of seven caused turnovers and four draw controls while adding seven ground balls, and sophomore Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) had a career-best six draw controls. First-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made five saves.

First-years Nicole Beliveau (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) and Nicole Dale (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) each had two goals for Franklin Pierce. Senior Courtney Weber (Centerport, N.Y./Harborfields) and sophomore Madeline Shopshire (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) each recorded a goal and four ground balls, while senior Lindsey Leach (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) and sophomore Geena Franciosi (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) scored a goal apiece. Junior Jacqueline Jolles (Hamden, Conn./Post) made four stops in the first half before sophomore Julia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham Regional) made six saves in the second frame.

The Purple Knights scored the game's first six goals in the opening 6:21, with Boyer, King and Piper all scoring twice. The visitors cut the deficit to 6-3 with three unanswered goals during a 2:59 stretch before Saint Michael's responded with consecutive markers by Boyer, Martin and Mahoney in a span of 10:12.

The Ravens scored back-to-back tallies, with 1:23 remaining in the first half and 27:57 left in the second, to make the score 9-5. Beardsley scored for the hosts 51 seconds later before Franklin Pierce scored at 25:56 and 24:06 to again pull to within three. The Purple Knights scored six straight in a span of 18:34 during which Boyer and Piper each scored twice to extend the hosts lead to nine with 3:24 left to play.

Saint Michael's returns to action on Saturday when it travels to face a Le Moyne College team ranked seventh in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll and has reached the NCAA Tournament semifinals in each of the last two seasons at 11 a.m.