COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team took on its fifth nationally-ranked Northeast-10 Conference foe in six outings on Friday, losing an 18-11 decision to No. 19 University of New Haven at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are winless through 11 games, including nine NE10 contests, while the Chargers, whose ranking is according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), improved to 8-5 and 5-4. New Haven qualified for the past four NCAA Tournaments.
With her team playing its second game in three days, senior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) posted a career-high seven points while matching her personal best with five goals. She took over third in program history in career assists (45), overtaking Kristen Palazzo '06 (44), while upping her goals total to 80 and passing Joleen Wise '00 (124) for 12th place in points (125).
First-year Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) potted her first career hat trick, junior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) totaled a goal and two assists, while senior Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) and first-year Olivia Krause (Bow, N.H./Bow) both tacked on one goal. Junior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) controlled a team-best five draws and now has 70 for her career, passing Megan Rule '07 (66) for ninth in program history.
Saint Michael's, which held a 15-14 edge in ground balls while committing fewer turnovers (13) than the visitors (15), received two caused turnovers and two ground balls from senior Susie Ellicks (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional). Junior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and sophomore Lilly Hardy (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) both caused two turnovers and scooped a ground ball, while classmate Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) notched a pair of ground balls while causing a turnover. First-year Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School) had seven saves and two ground balls in 45:21 before classmate Alexis Bower (Elmira, N.Y./Horseheads) finished out the game with a pair of stops.
Senior Jessica Mazliah and sophomore Julia Jette both turned in three goals and four assists for New Haven, classmate Caroline Maher had four goals, and junior Mackenzie Reh totaled three goals and two assists. Sophomore Kendra Nolan posted a hat trick and eight draw controls, while classmate Raven Linton had 11 draw controls and five caused turnovers. Sophomore Erica Rinsky made six saves.
Neither team led by more than a goal until the final three minutes of the first half. Jette's opening goal was met by Moyna's pair before Jette and Mazliah scored 23 seconds apart to make it 3-2 by 21:16. Three of the next four goals came from Purple Knights, with Moyna's hat trick strike pushing the hosts in front, 5-4, with 8:53 to go. Beginning at 3:27, New Haven rattled off the game's next nine goals, with Jette notching a goal and three assists, and Mazliah and Reh both posting three points. Mazliah's goal made it 13-5 at 22:43 of the second half.
Saint Michael's held a 6-5 scoring edge down the stretch, netting three straight goals to edge within five, as Vincent, Dineen and Waystack tallied in a 4:05 span. Sophomore Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) dished to Vincent, and Moyna lent a hand on Waystack's marker. However, first-year Emily Holland and Mazliah scored 50 seconds apart near the midway point, and the Purple Knights never again trailed by fewer than six.
Saint Michael's hits the road for its next two games, beginning at Southern New Hampshire University next Tuesday at 4 p.m.