COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team suffered its second straight one-goal loss on Saturday, completing a comeback from four goals down before yielding a pair of late markers in an 11-10 setback to Assumption College at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are now 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Greyhounds improved to 6-3 and 4-2, taking the second straight one-goal meeting between the teams.
Senior Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) posted her third hat trick of the season for the Purple Knights, netting three markers, while first-year Ali Gosselin (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) scored twice with one assist. Gosselin also had five draw controls and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) scored twice, senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) tacked on a goal and an assist, and juniors Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Kim Liberty (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Lawrence) tallied once apiece.
Junior Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) totaled four ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made three first-half saves before giving way to first-year Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell), who had three stops in the second stanza but was saddled with the loss.
Junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) led Assumption with six goals and three assists, and senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) both scored twice. First-year Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) made nine saves.
The Purple Knights led 3-1 just 4:58 into the game. Bonewald converted Gosselin's pass at 27:42 of the opening half before being met by McNeil 56 seconds later, but King fed Murphy before scoring a goal of her own 1:03 later to produce the early result. Murphy extended the lead to 4-1 at 19:18.
Over the ensuing 23-plus minutes, Assumption recorded eight of the nine goals scored in the contest to forge ahead 9-5. McNeil scored twice and assisted Hagerman on two others during a go-ahead 4-0 run, but Boyer tied the game at five with 7:13 left in the half. The Greyhounds put together another 4-0 jaunt behind three points from McNeil, eventually pushing an 8-5 halftime advantage to 9-5 at 26:12 of the second half.
Saint Michael's rallied with the next five goals, the first four of which came on free-position shots. Gosselin scored 15 seconds after McNeil's tally to bring the margin to 9-6, and Gosselin, Bonewald, Liberty and Murphy all found the back of the net during a 6:12 stretch later in the half to put their team back in front, at 10-9 with 11:47 remaining on Murphy's individual effort. The Purple Knights later held the ball to kill three minutes before Assumption regained possession, and McNeil knotted the score at 4:49. Just 39 seconds later, first-year Tori Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) potted the eventual winner. The hosts had three different possessions in the final four minutes, but two ended in turnovers, and one in the final minute ended with Chirco making a save and her team clearing its defensive end.
Saint Michael's caps a three-game homestand on Wednesday versus Merrimack College at 4 p.m.