COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team nearly sprung a major upset on Senior Day, trailing fourth-ranked University of New Haven by one goal with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in a 15-12 loss on Saturday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights finished their season 6-8 overall and 4-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Chargers, who are fourth in both national polls, improved to 15-2 and 11-1. The Purple and Gold's six wins were its most since 2008, as it scored its highest goal total against New Haven in seven seasons.
Senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) posted three goals and three assists to become the 14th player in program history with 100 career points, joining Amanda Soule '08 of Hartland as the lone Vermonters on that list. In addition to notching 105 points, she finished tied for sixth all-time in assists (40) with Amanda Lohin '03. King's 25 helpers this season were just two shy of Kim Berlo's '09 six-year-old school record.
Senior Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) totaled three ground balls, two caused turnovers and an assist during her 60th career game, tying Jessica Anderson '05 and Eliza Scoba '12 for the school record. Classmate Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) matched her career high with four goals, and sophomore Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) notched two goals, three draw controls and three caused turnovers. Seniors Caroline Casper (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) and Alexa Coleman (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) and junior Kim Liberty (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Lawrence) all scored once.
Sophomore Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) and first-year Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) both made one save while nearly splitting the game. Junior Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) had four draw controls, classmate Sarah Fortin (Dover, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) notched two ground balls and two draw controls, and senior Beth Cusimano (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) controlled a pair of draws.
Junior Kathryn Campbell (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) totaled four goals and two assists for New Haven, and senior Nicole McKee (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) scored four times with one assist. Sophomore Courtney Ackland (Perth, Western Australia/Churchlands) provided a hat trick and three helpers. After sophomore Alyssa Gianotti (Monkton, Md./Hereford) totaled a pair of first-half stops, classmate Marissa McDermott (Longmeadow, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson School) notched a save in the second stanza to collect the win.
Casper, Murphy and King scored during the opening 8:30, with King's tally off Martin's pass at 21:30 accounting for her 100th point and staking Saint Michael's to a 3-0 edge, and Murphy countered Campbell's strike with 19:57 remaining in the first period to keep the hosts ahead by a 4-1 count. New Haven responded with a 10-0 run over a 17:16 span, during which McKee turned in three goals and Ackland had five points.
The Purple Knights began to rally just before halftime, as Coleman and Murphy scored 23 ticks apart during the final 43 seconds to make it 11-6 by the intermission and spark a 6-0 run that carried into the second stanza. Bonewald netted a free-position goal 1:09 into the final period before King played a hand in the next three goals, including dishing off to Bonewald, who drew her team within 11-10 with 11:04 to go. However, Ackland scored 48 seconds later to kick off a 4-0 run. Liberty and King both tallied on free-position attempts in the final 2:41, but the hosts came no closer.
Seven seniors were honored prior to their final college game: Casper, Coleman, Cusimano, King, Martin, Murphy and Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate).