Second-Half Run Catapults Women's Lacrosse Past Saint Thomas Aquinas in Opener

Second-Half Run Catapults Women's Lacrosse Past Saint Thomas Aquinas in Opener

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team scored eight straight goals to break a halftime tie and grab an 13-6 victory over Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College during Friday afternoon's non-conference contest at Duffy Field. Senior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) tallied a hat trick and an assist to become just the 17th Purple Knight to reach the 100-point plateau, while interim head coach Courtney Barrett notched her first win as a college head coach.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-0), Saint Thomas Aquinas (1-3)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), 2 goals, 3 assists, 3 ground balls, 5 draw controls
  • Senior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women), 3 goals, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional), 3 goals, 4 ground balls
  • Junior Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton), 3 goals
  • First-year Kelsey Bush (North Conway, N.H./Kennett), 1 goal, 2 ground balls
  • First-year Kit Geary (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), 1 goal
  • Senior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), 5 draw controls
  • Sophomore Emma Coleman (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale), 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
  • Junior Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter), 3 draw controls
  • Sophomore Steph Brunelle (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy), 3 caused turnovers
  • Sophomore Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School), 2 saves in 44:35
  • Sophomore Lucy Chin (Lexington, Mass./Lexington), 2 saves in 15:25 of relief

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Redshirt sophomore Kaitlyn Gutenberger, 2 goals, 1 assist
  • First-year Leanna Iobbi, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls, 2 draw controls, 2 caused turnovers
  • Junior Gabrielle Di Fusco, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Senior Emily Glennon, 1 goal, 2 ground balls
  • Sophomore Danielle Cajou, 1 goal
  • Junior Laura Delorenzo, 12 saves, 3 ground balls

GAME FACTS

  • Season opener for the Purple Knights.
  • First ever matchup between the two teams.
  • Interim head coach Courtney Barrett registered her first win as a college head coach.
  • With four points Vincent pushed her career total to 103, becoming just the 17th Purple Knight to reach the 100-point plateau.
  • With five draw controls Annie Martin upped her career total to 98, passing Lauren Rizzotti '09 (97) for sixth in program history, while tying Brynne Curran '08 for fifth.
  • First win in a home opener since 2016 when the Purple Knights defeated Merrimack College, 8-7.
  • This is the Purple Knights' third win in their last four games dating back to last season.
  • This was Vincent's 14th career hat trick, Oliver's third, and Waystack's second.
  • The Purple Knights held a 16-5 advantage in draw controls and a 37-19 lead in shots. 

THE ACTION

  • Saint Michael's scored the game's first goal at 27:58 in the first half after Vincent buried her first goal.
  • The Spartans tied the score at 1-1 at 20:04 after Gutenberger netted on a feed from Di Fusco. The Purple Knights then regained the lead at 15:35 as Geary notched her first career goal on a free-position shot before Cajou retied the game at 12:57.
  • The teams traded goals again as Vincent marked her second score at 3:36 before Gutenberger answered with her second at 1:05 to knot the game at 3-3 right before the end of the half.
  • The Purple Knights scored eight straight goals in the first 14:35 of the second half with Kate Martin kicking the run off with a goal at 28:59 before Waystack scored back-to-back goals at 25:39 and 24:25. Bush followed with her first career goal at 23:24 before Waystack potted her hat-trick goal at 21:29 to put the Purple Knights up 8-3.
  • Oliver buried her second at 18:52 off a pass from Kate Martin, who then followed with her second at 17:47. Oliver then rifled in a woman-up goal at 15:25 off a feed from Vincent to make it 11-3.
  • Glennon put away the Spartans first goal of the frame at 14:02, while Di Fusco made it 11-5 at 11:57.
  • Oliver snuck in her hat-trick goal at 3:23 off another Kate Martin find, while Vincent added her third goal at 2:07 to put the Purple Knights up 13-5. Iobbi scored the game's final goal at 1:48.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Wednesday vs. No. 2 Adelphi University, 3:30 p.m.
  • Adelphi is ranked second in the nation by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).