HILLBURN, N.Y. - Senior Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) had three goals during a key 8-0 second-half run, lifting the Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team past Dominican (N.Y.) College, 15-9, in its season opener on Monday at Torne Valley Complex. The Chargers fell to 0-3.
Sophomore Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) finished the day with career highs of five goals and seven points, lending two assists and two draw controls, while MacKinnon turned in career highs of four goals and five points, a career-high-tying four draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. It was MacKinnon's first complete contest since April 29, 2015, as she was injured during last year's season opener and missed the remainder of the spring.
Sophomore Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) recorded the first hat trick of her career, junior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) had two goals, two assists and three draw controls, while classmate Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) scored once with two draw controls and two ground balls. Sophomore Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had two draw controls.
Senior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) made nine saves to claim her 10th career win, matching assistant coach Sandy Palumbo '12 for eighth in program history. She also became the fifth Purple Knight keeper to reach 2,000 career minutes, moving to 2,009:01 while helping her team improve to 2-0 all time against Dominican.
Senior Shayne Gallagher had five goals for Dominican, while classmate Haliann Fitzgerald posted two goals. Junior Cara Moran made nine stops.
Clark's opening goal with 2:33 gone off Vincent's pass was met by a 3-0 Charger run, with three different players scoring in a 4:23 span that started 45 seconds after the Purple Knight tally. Moyna and MacKinnon responded with eight-meter goals 1:51 apart to knot the game, but Gallagher's goal capped a 2-0 spurt that produced a 5-3 Dominican edge with 13:52 to go. Saint Michael's forged back in front thanks to two Vincent goals 57 seconds apart and a Dineen marker at 9:03, but Gallagher scored on a free-position shot with 3:40 left, sending the teams into halftime tied at six.
Fitzgerald scored 42 seconds into the second period to put the Chargers back in front, but the Purple Knights responded with the eight-goal run, at one point scoring six of those markers in a matter of 6:59. Clark's goal at 22:50 knotted the game, MacKinnon's free-position strike 3:45 later put her team in front for good, and Vincent's marker off of Moyna's feed at 15:52 accounted for the game-winner. MacKinnon capped the stretch with another free-position goal with 9:23 to go, making it 14-7, before Gallagher scored twice in a 1:10 spurt, but Vincent found the back of the net once more with 1:09 remaining.
The Purple Knights' contest at University of Bridgeport scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed due to expected inclement weather, leaving the next game for Saint Michael's on Saturday, when it hosts Adelphi University at 12 p.m. The Panthers are No. 1 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, having won two of the past three NCAA Tournaments.