SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team trailed the No. 1 team in the county by only one goal until early in the second half before ending its season with a loss to defending national champion Le Moyne College, 13-3, on Saturday at Ted Grant Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Dolphins' national ranking was according to both of this week's national polls.
- Saint Michael's (3-12, 1-12 NE10), Le Moyne (17-0, 13-0 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Junior Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton), 2 assists, 2 ground balls
- Senior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), 1 goal, 2 ground balls, 2 draw controls, 2 caused turnovers
- Senior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women), 1 goal
- Sophomore Erin Mikson (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket Regional), 1 goal
- Junior Lilly Hardy (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth), 3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
- Senior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), 3 ground balls
- Sophomore Emma Coleman (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale), 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
- Sophomore Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School), 13 saves, 3 ground balls
- Junior Nicole Delany, 5 goals, 7 ground balls, 4 draw controls, 3 caused turnovers
- Senior Bryanna Fazio, 4 goals, 3 ground balls, 9 draw controls
- Sophomore Brittany Pollack, 4 assists
- First-year Molly Hall, 3 assists, 3 caused turnovers
- First-year Jessica Meneilly, 2 goals
- Senior Monica Sanna, 1 goal, 1 assist
- Sophomore Sydney Meagher, 1 goal, 4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
- Junior Hannah George, 6 saves
- Le Moyne won the 2018 national championship and is first in both national polls.
- The Dolphins entered the day as one of two unbeaten teams in Division II, and among only six programs in all of NCAA men's and women's lacrosse with an unblemished record.
- The Purple Knights faced their seventh nationally-ranked foe of the season, all in NE10 play.
- The Purple Knights yielded only four first-half goals, the fewest Le Moyne had scored in an opening stanza against an unranked team since March 29, 2017, at Assumption College. However, it was the Dolphins' lowest-scoring first half at home against an unranked squad since scoring three against Wagner (N.Y.) College on March 13, 2010, back when Le Moyne still played a Division I schedule.
- Le Moyne entered the game fourth in Division II by committing only 14.1 turnovers per game, but the Purple Knights forced the Dolphins into 22 giveaways, matching the most in their Division II history, and their highest figure since committing 26 on April 14, 2010, at the University of Vermont.
- The Purple Knights held Le Moyne below its ninth-ranked scoring offense (16.6).
- Annie Martin tied a school record by appearing in her 60th career game, becoming only the fourth Purple Knight to start each of those 60 contests. She joined former backfield mate Susie Ellicks '18 as the lone defenders to make 60 starts. Annie Martin finished her career first in program history in career caused turnovers (93), second in draw controls (143) and tied for eighth in ground balls (124). For the season, she tied for third in school annals in caused turnovers (30) while placing seventh in draw controls (50).
- Kate Martin finished her career tied for ninth in program history in career caused turnovers (44) and 10th in draw controls (69). Her 23 caused turnovers this season tie for seventh all-time.
- Vincent will graduate fourth at the College in career goals (112), fifth in points (152) and tied for eighth in assists (40). Her 19 assists this season tied for fifth in program history, and her 53 points tied for eighth as the most by a Purple Knight in 11 years.
- Coleman's school-record 52 caused turnovers this spring tied for 16th in Division II history, placing her third in the history of the NE10. She enters her junior year with 84 for a career, just nine short of Annie Martin's career program record.
- Each of the first four goals of the game came off of victorious draw controls in the first 2:24. Fazio and Sanna scored within the first 64 seconds thanks to Fazio claiming two draws, but Kate Martin won the next before Vincent tallied off of an Oliver feed at 28:43 of the opening half. Fazio corralled the ensuing draw and made it 3-1 by 27:36.
- Saint Michael's held the Dolphins off the board for nearly 20 minutes, with Kate Martin cutting the deficit to 3-2 at 23:18 in the meantime.
- Delany struck with 7:42 left, lifting the hosts to a two-goal advantage at halftime.
- Mikson converted Oliver's feed at 24:03 of the second stanza to again bring the Purple Knights within one goal, this time at 4-3.
- Le Moyne responded with the game's final nine goals in an 18:50 span. Delany scored four of the goals, Fazio and Meneilly both had two, and Pollack dished off four helpers.