SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team fell at No. 3 Le Moyne College, 18-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Ted Grant Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 2-7 overall and 1-7 in the league after facing their third nationally-ranked foe of the season, while the Dolphins are 11-0 and 8-0. Le Moyne's national ranking is according to both national polls, as it advanced to the past two NCAA Tournament national semifinals after taking the runner-up position in those years' NE10 Championships.
Sophomore Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) scored both Purple and Gold tallies, while junior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) had an assist, three draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover. First-year Lilly Hardy (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) totaled three ground balls and a caused turnover, sophomore Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) notched two draw controls, and senior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) made eight saves.
Junior Jacqueline Pardee provided four goals and an assist for Le Moyne, which is now 26-1 during the past two regular seasons. Senior Vicki Graveline notched two goals and two helpers, and classmate Alexis Garbarino turned in a hat trick off the bench. First-year Hannah George made seven saves.
Pardee had three goals by the eight-minute mark of the opening half, at which point Le Moyne led 4-0. Garbarino's second tally made it 8-0 with 11:25 remaining. Martin controlled the ensuing draw, and junior Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) had a shot denied but grabbed the ground ball to prolong the possession. After a foul inside the arc, sophomore Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) fed Vincent for a tally to get the Purple Knights on the board at 10:31.
Four difference Dolphins combined to score the final five goals of the stanza before Vincent again found the back of the net at 24:03 of the second half. Moyna assisted. Saint Michael's held the hosts scoreless until 21:47 remained, and Le Moyne netted the final five tallies.
The Purple Knights visit the University of New Haven on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Chargers, who qualified for the last three NCAA Tournaments, are 12th in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll.