FLUSHING, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team moved to 3-0 for the first time since 1999 on Wednesday with a 15-3 victory at Queens (N.Y.) College on Knights Field. The hosts fell to 0-3. The contest was originally scheduled to be played last Saturday at Saint Michael's but was postponed due to inclement conditions. The Purple Knights are amid playing three games in a four-day stretch.
Senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) was one of 10 goal scorers for the Purple and Gold, netting a hat trick on three shots. Juniors Hannah Beardsley (Manchester, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) and Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and first-year Ali Gosselin (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) scored twice apiece, and junior Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) tallied once while dishing out three assists.
Sophomore Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) added a goal and an assist, while seniors Caroline Casper (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) and Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass), junior Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and first-year Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) all netted one goal, with MacKinnon's her first as a collegian. Sophomore Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made five saves in 44:14 for the win before first-year Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) had three stops in relief during her college debut.
Sophomore Carly Chierico (Bayside, N.Y./Cardozo) was among three Queens goal scorers while scooping six ground balls, and senior Kahli Evans (Adelaide, Australia/Blackwood) made seven saves.
Boyer's free-position tally 3:28 into the contest gave the Purple Knights the final lead, and Bonewald converted a Piper feed 1:36 later, as the visitors led just 2-0 after more than 11 minutes. However, Boyer scored off Bonewald's helper at 18:13 to begin a stretch of 10 Saint Michael's goals in a matter of 17:11. Eight different Purple Knights found the back of the net in that time, with Beardsley and King the lone two-goal scorers. Piper lent a pair of assists, and the Purple and Gold led 12-0 by intermission, their largest halftime advantage since leading the by the same score on March 27, 2008.
Gosselin made it 13-0 off of senior Claire Martin's (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) assist 1:18 into the second half before Queens tallied three of the game's final five markers, including scoring its first after being blanked for the opening 44:13. MacKinnon potted her initial college tally as the final seconds ticked off.
The Purple Knights head to Dominican (N.Y.) College tomorrow at 4 p.m. for the teams' first meeting.