COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team lost to Southern New Hampshire University, 16-5, on Tuesday afternoon on Duffy Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 1-6 overall and 0-6 in the league, while the Penmen improved to 6-4 and 3-3.
Junior Emily Byrne (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) had two goals on two shots for the hosts, while senior Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) totaled one goal, four draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. With 51 career draw controls, she passed Meg Herrick '11 (50) for 15th in program history. Junior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) and sophomore Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) also scored, with Moyna controlling two draws.
Junior Kaitlyn Wurzer (Lee, N.H./Berwick Academy) made a career-high 13 saves and scooped two ground balls while starting her second straight game, and sophomore Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior Jackie McLavey (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) and junior Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) added two ground balls apiece.
Junior Alexa Bedell collected three goals, four assists, five ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers for Southern New Hampshire, while classmate Kennedy Daziel and sophomore Kristin Wilder both turned in four goals and an assist. Senior Nicole Kennedy earned the win after stopping seven shots in the opening 50:15.
The teams traded two goals each during the first nearly 16 minutes of the contest. Bedell fed sophomore Alexis Felt at 27:36 before MacKinnon countered 1:33 later, and Felt assisted a Bedell goal with 22:13 to go before Byrne knotted the game on a free-position strike at 14:12. However, upon Daziel scoring on an eight-meter shot with 8:14 left to snap her team's 13:59 scoreless drought, the Penmen kicked off a 12-1 scoring run that saw them net their first five markers in a matter of 5:10 to take a 7-2 lead into halftime.
After three straight goals by the visitors to start the second stanza, Vincent cut the deficit to 10-3 at 19:04, but Wilder scored the final three goals of a quick four-score spurt to cap her team's long offensive stretch. Byrne connected on another free-position try with 7:46 left, and Moyna converted sophomore Ellie Clark's (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) pass with 4:17 to go. The visitors scored twice more in the closing 2:30.
The Purple Knights host Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 11 a.m.