COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team registered a historic 10-9 win over Stonehill College on Wednesday afternoon at Duffy Field in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights, who are 2-12 overall and 2-10 in the NE10, last beat the Skyhawks on May 5, 1999, by the same score in the NE10 Tournament championship game. Stonehill, which has won a league-record nine NE10 postseason crowns and two national titles while making eight NCAA Tournament appearances since then, are now 6-9 and 5-8.
Senior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) broke Kimberly Ryan's '01 school record for assists (49) by pushing her own total to 50 during a one-goal, two-helper day. First-year Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School) picked up her second win of the season while securing 11 saves and picking up three ground balls. Junior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) notched a three-point day on two goals and one assist, while senior Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) and first-years Olivia Krause (Bow, N.H./Bow) and Ashley Turner (Monkton, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) turned in two goals each. Dineen won three draw controls and caused two turnovers.
Junior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) finished off the scoring with a goal, three draw controls and two caused turnovers, while sophomore Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) had two helpers. Junior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) registered four caused turnovers and won six draw controls, and first-year Emma Coleman (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) had three caused turnovers, tying Nicole Buckley '12 for the program's single-season record (30). Sophomore Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) caused two turnovers, and senior Susie Ellicks (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) totaled three ground balls.
Senior Taylor Shannahan led the Skyhawks with a hat trick and an assist along with four ground balls and two caused turnovers. First-year Shannon Hughes recorded two goals, four caused turnovers and three ground balls, as senior Brianna Doherty and sophomore MacKenzie Pleshaw pitched in a goal and an assist each. Senior Kelly Kealey and junior Linna Jalinskas tallied a goal apiece with sophomore Baily Grant picking up five saves.
Neither team scored until the Skyhawks broke through at 22:00 and 20:51, on goals by Doherty and Hughes, respectively. Moyna dished out her first assist to Kate Martin for a woman-up goal at 18:36 before Hughes notched her second goal at 17:27, but Saint Michael's went ahead on a 3-0 run. Vincent tallied at 10:41, Dineen took advantage of another player-up opportunity at 5:51 with the help of Moyna, and Krause came up with a free-position goal 32 seconds later. Shannahan tied the game on a free-position shot at 4:36 before Moyna registered a go-ahead strike with 30 seconds left to give the Purple Knights the 5-4 advantage going into the second half.
The Purple Knights pushed their run to 4-1 during the first 12:17 of the second half to give them their first game-high three-goal lead, at 8-5. Vincent aided Turner at 29:07 before Jalinskas snuck a shot by Putnam at 22:31. Krause capitalized on another free-position attempt at 19:12 and Oliver dished to Vincent again at 17:43. Stonehill twice trimmed its deficit to two goals, with Pleshaw and Shannahan scoring at 15:05 and 12:07, respectively, but Dineen countered 51 seconds after Pleshaw and Turner converted Oliver's pass 1:08 following Shannahan's.
Shannahan and Healey brought the Skyhawks within 10-9 after scoring free-position goals at 5:18 and 1:28, respectively, and, after Dineen won the game's final draw, Hughes forced a turnover in the final minute. After Stonehill's clear attempt was good, Annie Martin caused a turnover in the center of the fan with less than 40 seconds left and Oliver picked up the resulting ground ball, and Saint Michael's ran out the clock to secure the victory.
During the contest, Moyna passed Megan Lagasse '07 (133) to take over ninth in program history with 134 career points, while her 18 assists this season tie her for sixth with Courtney Dupee '97, Lila McCormick '08 and Eliza Scoba '11. With 98 career points, Vincent slid into 20th all-time in goals (77), while her 48 points this year match Scoba for 10th. Moyna has 47 points and is one spot behind. Annie Martin has 59 draw controls this season and is one shy of Amanda Soule '06 (60) for the program mark, and is tied for sixth place with a career-high-tying 22 caused turnovers to match Taylor Midgley '13.
The Purple Knights finish their regular season at home on Saturday against No. 3 Le Moyne College at 12 p.m. for Senior Day. The Dolphins' national ranking is according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).