Women's lacrosse downs Saint Anselm, Dineen and Moyna combine for 12 points

Women's lacrosse downs Saint Anselm, Dineen and Moyna combine for 12 points

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team stormed past Northeast-10 Conference foe Saint Anselm College, 13-7, on Tuesday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights improved to 3-8 overall and 2-8 in the NE10 with the win, and the Hawks fell to 6-8 and 4-6. The Purple and Gold defeated Saint Anselm for the first time since April 16, 2008, with its last victory at home in the series coming in 2007.

Junior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) tied a career high with five goals, while classmate Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) registered her third hat trick of the season coupled with career highs of four assists and seven points, as well as two ground balls. Senior Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) and sophomore Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) each scored twice, with MacKinnon also causing two turnovers. Senior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) made 15 saves and scooped up six ground balls.

Sophomore Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) registered a goal and two assists. Junior Susie Ellicks (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) had four caused turnovers and three ground balls, while sophomore Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) totaled three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. First-year Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) notched four ground balls, and junior Micalea Leaska (Somers, Conn./Somers) caused a pair of turnovers.

Gunning, who took over third in program history in career minutes during the Purple Knights' last game and now sits at 2,489:01, moved into a tie with Kim Rowe '97 for sixth in school annals with her 12th victory on Tuesday. She became the fourth goalkeeper at the College to pass the 400-save milestone (409) and moved into third in ground balls (137), passing Jen Thygesen '04 (132), Lauren Piekarski '05 (132) and Taylor Midgley '15 (132).

Junior Meaghan Sheehy led the Hawks with three goals, while juniors Erica Mattila, Emma Palumbo and Marta Versprille and first-year Breda Holland had a goal apiece. First-year Lauren Lockard had five draw controls, and junior Zoie Cavotta made eight saves in the loss.

Versprille opened the scoring on a free-position shot to put the Hawks up 1-0 at 26:42 of the opening half, but the Purple Knights fired off eight straight goals during which they took a commanding 7-1 lead into the break. The run included four goals from Moyna, who put the hosts up for good with consecutive free-position tallies at 24:51 and 22:14, and a goal and three assists from Dineen.

MacKinnon opened the scoring in the second half on a free position at 28:35, putting the Purple Knights up 8-1. Sheehy scored 34 seconds later to cut into the deficit, but Clark, Dineen and Moyna all scored in an ensuing 3:10 stretch to give Saint Michael's the first of two nine-goal leads. Gunning made seven saves in the final 22:31, as Saint Anselm scored five of the final seven goals but came no closer down the stretch than six after Dineen converted junior Emily Byrne's (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) assist to make it 13-4 with 8:16 to go.

The Purple Knights visit Stonehill College on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Skyhawks are ranked 18th in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll.