COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team began a run of four straight games against nationally-ranked teams with a 21-8 loss to No. 15 Merrimack College on Wednesday on Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Warriors, who are 15th in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, improved to 6-3 and 4-2.
Junior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) recorded a hat trick and two draw controls for the Purple Knights as senior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) registered two goals, one ground ball, and one draw control. Senior Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School), sophomore Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton), and first-year Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) each tallied a goal, with Dineen adding an assist and two ground balls, Oliver scooping up three ground balls and causing two turnovers, and Waystack getting two ground balls.
First-year Emma Coleman (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) caused three turnovers while junior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had two caused turnovers and won five draw controls. Sophomore Lilly Hardy (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) picked up three ground balls. First-years Alexis Bower (Elmira, N.Y./Horseheads) and Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School) each played a half in net with both getting five saves, and Bower taking the loss.
Junior Amber Feminella paved the way for the Warriors with eight points on five goals and three assists while scooping up three ground balls. First-year Haley Bartlett tacked on five goals and two assists with junior Bridget Schofield adding five goals. Sophomore Ally DaCosta registered one goal along with five assists, first-year Meghan Dzialo had two goals and one assist while three other players tallied a goal each. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Trepaney recorded 10 saves for the win.
Bartlett tallied early in the first half at 29:01 before both Oliver and Vincent scored on free-position shots at 28:38 and 25:34, respectively. Bartlett tallied again at 24:52, but Moyna gave the Purple Knights the 3-2 lead at 21:45. Merrimack then went ahead 4-3 by 18:00 before Dineen and Vincent scored at 17:23 and 16:55, respectively. Feminella slipped one past Bower at 16:06 before it was Moyna's turn at 13:51 to give Saint Michael's the 6-5 lead. The Warriors registered the final eight goals of the first half with Feminella scoring four of them.
Within the first 18 seconds of the second half, Waystack tacked on a goal for the Purple Knights at 29:42. DaCosta recorded her lone goal at 23:56 before Vincent wrapped up the scoring for Saint Michael's at 17:49, bringing the hosts within 14-8. Merrimack finished off the game with a 7-0 scoring sequence.
The Purple Knights travel to No. 2 Adelphi University on Saturday at 12 p.m. The Panthers, who are ranked by the IWLCA, won the last four NE10 Championships and three of the last four NCAA Tournaments.