Purple Knights take early lead before falling to nationally-regarded Saint Anselm

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team dropped a 16-10 decision to nationally-regarded Saint Anselm College in a Northeast-10 Conference tilt on Wednesday afternoon at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights slip to 5-8 overall and 3-7 in league play, while the Hawks, who are receiving votes in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, improve to 9-4 and 6-3.

Sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) had a hat trick for Saint Michael's, while classmate Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) netted a season-high two goals while also notching an assist. Junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) scored twice, and sophomore Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) recorded a goal and a career-best seven draw controls. Juniors Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) each scored once, while classmate Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) notched four ground balls. First-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made eight saves.

Sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass./Thayer Academy) totaled six goals and an assist for Saint Anselm, while first-year Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) scored five times. Sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) had two goals and two assists, first-year Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) totaled a pair of markers, and sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass./Milton Academy) tallied a goal and three assists. Sophomore Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I./Mount Saint Charles Academy) turned away 11 shots.

Jaskiewicz and Piper each found the back of the net in the game's first 6:12 to put the Purple Knights in front, 2-0. The visitors responded with three of the next four markers before Boyer and Piper scored with 14:43 and 13:59 remaining in the half, respectively, to give Saint Michael's a 5-3 advantage.

Saint Anselm used an 8-0 run during a span of 15:39 to grab an 11-5 lead 6:39 into the second frame. Piper scored 2:14 later to cut the deficit to five before the Hawks scored three unanswered goals to build their advantage to eight. Jaskiewicz, King and Martin all scored for the hosts during a 4:54 stretch, as the Purple Knights had three of game's next four goals to cut their deficit to 15-9 before each team had a goal in the final 5:04.

Saint Michael's plays its final home contest of the season on Saturday when it hosts an Adelphi University team ranked third in the IWLCA poll and reached last season's NCAA Tournament at 4:30 p.m.