Women's Lacrosse Forges Second-Half Rally Before Falling to Molloy, 13-10

Women's Lacrosse Forges Second-Half Rally Before Falling to Molloy, 13-10

COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team came up short against Molloy (N.Y.) College in a 13-10 loss during its home opener on Saturday on Duffy Field. The Lions improved to 2-3.

Seniors Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) and Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) finished the day for the Purple Knights with two goals and two assists each while Dineen had four ground balls and caused one turnover and Moyna had three ground balls and caused three turnovers. Sophomore Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) and first-year Olivia Krause (Bow, N.H./Bow) tallied two goals each as Krause also picked up four ground balls during her college debut.

After missing the last 23 games due to an injury, junior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) pitched in a goal and an assist with two ground balls and two caused turnovers while winning one draw control. First-year Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) recorded her first collegiate points with a goal and an assist. Junior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) caused six turnovers with four ground balls and five draw controls, and classmate Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) controlled three draws. During her college debut, first-year Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School) registered eight saves. Saint Michael's outshot Molloy 31-23, picked up 25 ground balls to Molloy's 15, and had 15 turnovers to the Lions' 23.

Senior Jessica Markowitz and junior Brianna Wilson paved the way for the Lions with four goals and an assist each as Wilson won seven draw controls. Junior Casie Caiazza finished with a hat trick and an assist as first-year Alexandra Long picked up her first collegiate win with 15 saves.

Molloy started on a 5-0 run during the first 10:53 of play, which included three of Wilson's goals. Krause tallied back-to-back goals for the Purple Knights, with the first coming off of a free-position shot at 15:48 and the next through the help of Waystack at 15:23. Markowitz registered three straight goals for the Lions with the last goal coming at 8:03 to make it 8-2 before Saint Michael's answered back with three of its own. Dineen found Waystack at 5:04 before Moyna scored on two free-position attempts at 1:46 and 41.8 second to bring their team within three.

After Caiazza capitalized on a free-position shot at 27:14 of the second half, the Purple Knights scored three goals over a span of 1:19 to trail the Lions 9-8. Dineen struck at 23:32 and 22:49 through the aid of Kate Martin and Moyna before Kate Martin tallied her own at 22:13. Caiazza slipped another by Putnam at 19:14 before Oliver notched the next two goals to tie the game. Oliver's first goal came at 17:15, as Dineen sent her a short pass within the fan and Oliver hit the left side of the net. Oliver tied the game at 12:02 with help from Moyna. The Lions registered the final three goals, as Wilson's free-position marker at 9:16 put her team up for good.

Saint Michael's later possessed with a chance to tie before Molly forced a giveaway, and Putnam denied Wilson's eight-meter bid at 7:58 to keep it a one-goal affair. The hosts countered with a high shot at 6:27 before Kate Martin had a tying attempt saved by Long at 2:50. Sophomore Nora Miller scored at the other end 47 seconds later, and Markowitz iced the win on a free-position goal at 46.1 seconds.

The Purple Knights head to Colorado to oppose the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on Monday at 7 p.m. ET and Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday for their Northeast-10 Conference opener.