Women's lacrosse opens home and NE10 schedules with loss to No. 1 Adelphi

Women's lacrosse opens home and NE10 schedules with loss to No. 1 Adelphi

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team opened its home schedule with its first Northeast-10 Conference contest of the year on Saturday at Duffy Field, losing to No. 1 Adelphi University, 18-0. The Purple Knights are 1-1 this spring, while the Panthers moved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Panthers, who are ranked first in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, won two of the last three NCAA Tournaments and posted their second straight shutout.

Sophomore defender Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) caused five turnovers for Saint Michael's, and first-year Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) had five ground balls and a draw control. Classmate Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) totaled three ground balls and a caused turnover from her spot on defense, and senior Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) controlled a pair of draws. Classmate Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) registered 10 saves, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. By moving her career total to 109 ground balls, she passed Julie Carey '08 (108) for ninth in program history.

Adelphi, which finished as the national runner-up last season, moved to 68-2 since the beginning of the 2014 season while extending its shutout streak to 135:29. Senior Jacqueline Jahelka had five goals and three assists, first-year Kole Pollock turned in four goals and three assists, while classmate Alison Johnson netted two goals with three helpers. Junior Michele Scannell and sophomore Shea Weber each controlled seven draws, and junior Hailey Peterson made two stops.

MacKinnon nabbed the opening draw control of the game, and Gunning made two saves while causing a turnover en route to keeping the Panthers off the scoreboard for more than six minutes to begin the game. In all, Saint Michael's had four ground balls and forced two turnovers in that time. Senior Casey Zalewski netted the first goal at 23:34, and Jahelka followed exactly one minute later, but the Purple Knights still trailed just 2-0 nearly midway through the period, forcing another two giveaways in the nearly six minutes that ensued.

Three Panthers scored in a 2:22 span to push the lead to 5-0 by 14:24, and four more tallies were put home in a 1:31 stretch, with Jahelka and Pollock splitting the scoring. The visitors led 12-0 at halftime.

Saint Michael's forced 12 turnovers in the second half, one more than it committed, but Peterson made one stop to keep the hosts off the board, denying junior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) on a free-position attempt at 27:15. Jahelka and Pollock both scored in the opening 3:19 before Adelphi scored a pair of woman-up tallies by the time 20:49 remained. The Panthers scored only twice down the stretch.

The Purple Knights visit Merrimack College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. contest.