HILLBURN, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team extended its best start in 15 years to 4-0 on Thursday with a 12-9 victory over Dominican (N.Y.) College at Torne Valley Sports Complex. With their third win in four days, the Purple Knights are 4-0 for the first time since winning their first six games in 1999. In the teams' first meeting, the Chargers fell to 0-3, being limited offensively by Saint Michael's after entering the day averaging 12.5 goals.
Junior Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) posted a career-high five goals to go along with an assist for the Purple and Gold, while first-year Ali Gosselin (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) turned in a season-best four markers. Senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) added a goal and three helpers, and juniors Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Kim Liberty (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Lawrence) both scored, with Liberty's her first as a collegian. Sophomore Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made a career-high 15 saves.
Dominican received three goals and two assists from senior Traci-Joan Muniz (Middlesex, N.J./Immaculata), while junior Emily Murray (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) scored twice. Sophomore Brittany Kiernan (Clarkstown, N.Y./Clarkstown South) made 14 stops.
Saint Michael's forged a 4-0 lead just 6:07 into the contest, receiving two goals apiece from Gosselin and Piper in that time. After Gosselin netted the initial tally at 26:47, Piper scored twice in 12 seconds before Gosselin completed a run of three Purple Knight goals in a matter of 53 ticks. Muniz got her team on the board at 22:59, but Piper played a role in three straight goals during a subsequent 4:13 stretch. After tallying on a free-position shot with 16:19 to go, she fed Gosselin at 14:22 and received a pass from King to make it 7-1 with 12:06 remaining.
Dominican scored the next two markers, but King assisted Gosselin before scoring a goal of her own at 3:34 to put her team up by a 9-3 count at halftime.
The teams traded the first six goals of the second half. Liberty put home her first college tally with 11:11 remaining, making it 11-5, and Piper's fifth marker produced a 12-6 cushion at 5:34. Dominican scored three times in the final minute to create the three-goal margin.
Saint Michael's opens a three-game homestand on Tuesday versus Bentley University at 3:30 p.m. The Falcons are receiving votes toward this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll.