WEST HAVEN, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team trailed by one goal midway through the second half against No. 12 University of New Haven before falling 12-7 in a Northeast-10 Conference contest on Saturday at Kayo Field. The Purple Knights dropped to 2-8 overall and 1-8 in the NE10, while the Chargers improved to 9-2 and 7-2. New Haven, whose national ranking is according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), qualified for the past three NCAA Tournaments.
Junior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) scored four goals with one assist to pace the visitors and come within one tally of her career high, and senior Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) scored twice while scooping two ground balls. Sophomore Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) scored one goal and dished out two assists.
Senior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) finished with five saves, two ground balls and two caused turnovers, while sophomore Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had three draw controls. Junior Emily Byrne (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) totaled three ground balls.
Graduate student Kendall Cietek had six points on four goals and two assist for New Haven, senior Caitlin O'Brien had three goals, and junior Jessica Mazliah totaled one goal and three assists. Sophomore Samantha Galler scored twice. In goal, first-year Gianna Guerra made two saves in the first half to nab the win before classmate Erica Rinsky made one save in the second.
Saint Michael's took a 2-1 lead on a Moyna goal at 25:09 in the first half, just 1:51 after Vincent's tying marker, but tallies seconds apart from Mazliah and Cietek helped the Chargers take a 3-2 lead at 21:46. First-year Hailey Rattigan scored with an assist from Mazliah at 19:45, giving the Chargers a 4-2 lead. The Purple Knights responded with two straight goals from Moyna to tie the game with 14:17 to go. The Chargers won the next draw control and scored 32 seconds later to take a 5-4 lead which they would hold on to.
O'Brien scored the first goal of the second half for the Chargers before MacKinnon narrowed the lead to 6-5 after a successful free-position shot at 16:16. The teams traded goals again, as O'Brien put the Chargers up two with 14:52 left and Moyna narrowed it to one at 13:16. However, the Chargers scored the next four goals, including three in a 49-second span by the 12:00 mark. MacKinnon tallied with help from Moyna at 3:08 before the hosts tacked on a goal with six seconds left.
The Purple Knights host Saint Anselm College on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.