Women's Lacrosse Falls to Franklin Pierce, 15-12, Despite Late Comeback

Women's Lacrosse Falls to Franklin Pierce, 15-12, Despite Late Comeback

RINDGE, N.H. - Despite a late second-half charge, the Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team fell to Franklin Pierce University, 15-12, on Wednesday at Sodexo Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights remain winless through 10 contests, including eight in league action, while the Ravens improved to 5-6 and 3-6. The last five contests between the teams have now been decided by a total of 12 goals.

Senior Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) turned in career highs of four goals and six draw controls for the visitors, and junior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) potted three goals and one assist for her fourth hat trick of the season. Senior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) had two goals and an assist, junior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) notched a marker and a helper, while first-years Olivia Krause (Bow, N.H./Bow) and Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) both netted single goals.

Sophomore Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) totaled a career-high three caused turnovers and a career-high-tying four ground balls, and junior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had a career-best-matching five draw controls to go with two ground balls. First-year Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School) took the loss after making five saves in the opening 37:17 before classmate Alexis Bower (Elmira, N.Y./Horseheads) stopped six shots while yielding only three goals in the final 22:43.

During the contest, Moyna dished off her 43rd career assist to tie Lauren Piekarski '05 for fourth in program history while also cracking the top 20 in goals by pushing her total to 75. Annie Martin took over 10th in draw controls with 65, bumping former teammate Paige MacKinnon '17 (63) from the top 10.

Senior Anna Wilbert had four goals and an assist for Franklin Pierce, whose last six games have been decided by a total of 15 goals. Classmate Briana Sweeney turned in two goals and five helpers, while senior Caitlin Sweeney and first-year Caroline Lounsbury both posted hat tricks. Caitlin Sweeney also controlled eight draws. Senior Madison Murray earned the win in relief, making five saves in 43:07.

Neither team led by more than one goal until a little more than a minute remained in the opening half, as the squads played through six ties and four lead changes in the initial stanza. Tallies 4:01 apart by Dineen and Vincent gave the Purple Knights their first lead, 3-2, at 20:09 before another two-goal spurt swung them back in front at 6-5 with 5:56 left, as Waystack and Vincent scored 1:21 apart. Kate Martin dished on Waystack's goal.

Franklin Pierce responded with the next six goals, with the first five coming in a matter of 3:35 that spanned halftime. Caitlin Sweeney knotted the game 2:17 before the half, and first-year Maddie Hasson scored 20 seconds later to put her team in front for good, while Wilbert capped the run at 25:56 of the second half. Dineen and Moyna wrapped goals around a Wilbert marker to make it 12-8, but Lounsbury and Caitlin Sweeney scored 1:31 apart to put the Ravens up 14-8 with 16:25 to go. Saint Michael's netted four of the game's final five goals, as Dineen had two, with Pietz handing off an assist on the first for her initial collegiate point.

The Purple Knights host No. 19 University of New Haven on Saturday at 11 a.m., taking on their fifth opponent nationally ranked by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in a six-game stretch.