April 16, 2014

Women's lacrosse continues challenging run with setback at No. 15 Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team trailed 15th-ranked Saint Anselm College by two goals with a little more than 10 minutes remaining on Wednesday before falling 10-5 in Grappone Stadium during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are now 6-5 overall and 4-5 in the league, while the Hawks are 10-2 and 7-2. Saint Anselm's ranking is according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

Saint Michael's, which continued a run of five consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents to conclude the regular season, saw senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) record two assists and increase her career point total to 99. She looks to become the 14th Purple Knight with 100 career points, having moved into a tie for eighth all time with 37 assists. Seniors Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional), juniors Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy), and sophomore Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) all scored. Bonewald added three draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.

On the defensive end, senior Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) had three ground balls and a caused turnover, junior Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) added two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers, while classmate Sarah Fortin (Dover, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) picked up two ground balls while causing one turnover. Sophomore Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) collected four saves and two ground balls. Saint Michael's held Saint Anselm to 5.5 goals fewer than its season average.

Sophomore Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass./Woburn) posted two goals and two assists for Saint Anselm, while juniors Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass./Thayer Academy) and Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) both had two goals and a helper. Junior Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I./Mount Saint Charles Academy) and sophomore Jane Bunn (Saint Johns, Fla./Creekside) both made one save in a half of action, with Bunn earning the win.

Daly scored just 1:26 into the contest before Piper knotted the score at 20:38 of the opening half, but Daly dished off for her team's go-ahead tally 4:38 later. Murphy converted King's feed for another equalizer at 12:53, but Daly sent her team into halftime with a 3-2 edge, kicking off a 4-0 run that included two Hawk goals 33 seconds apart early in the second half.

After Pickett made it 6-2 on a free-position goal at 19:14 of the final stanza, the visitors quickly regrouped. Bonewald won the ensuing draw before being fed by King for a goal at 18:10, and Midgley controlled the next draw before Boyer found the back of the net at 16:57, and Saint Michael's trailed just 6-4 with a little more than 10 minutes left.

Saint Anselm scored twice more before Martin cut the deficit to 8-5 on a free-position tally at 5:52, but Pickett countered 54 seconds later, and Marshall iced the victory with 1:16 to go.

The Purple Knights head to No. 2 Adelphi University on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.

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