MANCHESTER, N.H. - In the highest-scoring game in Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse history, the Purple Knights lost a 22-20 decision to Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday at Penmen Stadium. The Purple Knights are now winless through 12 games, including 10 in the league, while the Penmen improved to 3-11 and 2-8. The 42 goals eclipsed the 39 Saint Michael's and Plymouth State University totaled on April 23, 1993, as the Purple Knights netted 20 for the first time since March 31, 2008.
Junior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) registered seven goals and two assists for the visitors and senior Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) totaled seven goals, while each controlled three draws. Kim Berlo '09 had been the last Purple Knight to score seven times, on March 29, 2009, while Berlo was the most recent to total nine points, accomplishing the feat on April 30, 2008.
Junior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) registered two goals and won four draw controls as senior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) added a goal and an assist with two ground balls. First-year Olivia Krause (Bow, N.H./Bow) also had a goal and an assist, while sophomore Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) and first-year Ashley Turner (Monkton, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) tallied a goal each. Junior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) controlled a career-high nine draws and scooped up two ground balls. First-year Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School) occupied the net for the first 44:09 of play with eight saves and two ground balls before classmate Alexis Bower (Elmira, N.Y./Horseheads) denied one shot in 7:54. First-year Lucy Chin (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) finished out the game with a stop during the final 7:57.
Moyna extended her career point total to 127 to tie Kristen Palazzo '06 for 10th place in program history, while her 46 assists are three short of Kimberly Ryan's '01 (49) record. Annie Martin now has won 79 draws in her career, passing Lauren Piekarski '05 (71) for eighth in program history. With 49 this season, she has matched Ryan for sixth all-time with the most by a Purple Knight in eight years.
Southern New Hampshire was led by junior Kristin Wilder, who had a 12-point game with eight goals and four assists while picking up three ground balls and winning three draw controls. Senior Alexa Bedell totaled five goals, three assists and 13 draw controls, while junior Alexis Felt also had five goals. Senior Kennedy Daziel notched a hat trick and a helper while scooping up four ground balls. Junior Leah Olansky had six saves and two ground balls in 33:31 before sophomore Alex Comeau notched five saves and one ground ball to earn the win.
Turner started off the first half with a goal at 24:44 with a helper from Vincent before the Penmen tallied back-to-back goals at 21:03 and 20:34 with Wilder playing a role in each. The teams continued to be separated by no more than one goal, as Felt scored at 17:13 to put her team up 4-3, until the Purple Knights put together an 11-1 run that started on Vincent's free-position goal at 12:52. Dineen and Vincent registered four goals apiece during the run, which made it 14-5 by 25:31 of the second half, when Dineen found the back of the net.
A Dineen goal still had the visitors ahead 15-6 at 22:50, and an 8-4 Penmen response allowed Saint Michael's to continue to lead, 19-14, at 11:41 when Dineen tallied. Southern New Hampshire responded with the game's next eight goals in a matter of 8:33, with Daziel scoring three and Bedell and Wilder two apiece. Bedell's eight-meter goal tied it at 5:14, and Wilder's marker 23 seconds later gave the Penmen the lead for good. The hosts won five of seven draw controls during one juncture during that game-changing stretch to continue possessing the ball. Vincent finished up the scoring with 20 seconds left for Saint Michael's.
Saint Michael's hits the road for its final away game of the season at American International College with a 6 p.m. start time before closing out the regular season with two home games.