SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Behind its best defensive showing in two seasons, the Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team doubled up American International College, 12-6, on Saturday evening at Abdow Field. The Purple Knights improved to 1-12 overall and 1-10 in the Northeast-10 Conference, allowing their fewest goals since a 9-3 victory over Queens (N.Y.) College exactly two years ago. The Yellow Jackets are 3-13 and 0-12.
First-year Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School) made a career-high 13 saves while scooping a personal-best four ground balls in recording her first collegiate victory. Junior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) turned in four goals, two ground balls and a caused turnover, registering her fourth four-goal contest this spring. Senior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) notched two goals and two assists, and now stands one shy of the program record for career helpers (49).
Senior Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) scored twice and added three draw controls, sophomore Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) and first-year Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) also buried a pair, and junior defender Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) lent an assist for her first career point and had four draw controls, three ground balls and a caused turnover.
Sophomore Lilly Hardy (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) notched two ground balls, junior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) won two draws, and sophomore Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) caused two turnovers. First-year Emma Coleman (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) caused her 27th turnover of the season, matching Amanda Soule's '07 first-year program record. She is three shy of the overall mark.
With 48 career assists, Moyna passed Kim Berlo '09 (47) to take over second in school annals while standing within one of Kimberly Ryan's '01 mark. Annie Martin upped her season draw controls total to 53, tying Melissa Jaskiewicz '15 for third in program history, and within seven of Soule's standard.
Senior Brittany Hutchinson scored twice for AIC, while four teammates scored once apiece. Sophomore Chelsea Davis made 11 stops and notched three ground balls.
Neither team led by more than two goals until the final 10 minutes. Oliver tallied 2:43 into the game before Vincent made it 2-0 on a free-position shot at 23:38 of the opening half, but four different Yellow Jackets scored in a go-ahead 4-1 run during a 6:16 stretch, with Hutchinson's marker at 11:48 putting her team in front.
Oliver scored on an eight-meter bid 8:17 before halftime for the stanza's final goal, which ultimately kicked off a 3-0 run that saw Moyna and Waystack score 15 seconds apart to make it 6-4 at 25:24 of the second period. Two of the next three goals came from AIC players, with junior Mikayla Demanche trimming the deficit to 7-6 with 7:48 remaining in regulation, but the Purple Knights scored the final five goals in a matter of 5:22, with the first three occurring in 1:14. Annie Martin keyed the initial two, causing a turnover in her team's defensive end and dishing to Dineen for a goal at 6:28 before winning the ensuing draw, with Waystack scoring at 6:11.
Dineen claimed the next draw, and an AIC yellow card gave Vincent the opportunity to bury a woman-up free-position goal at 5:14. Another Dineen draw control led to Moyna finding the back of the net with 3:21 left, and a Putnam save at one end of the field and another Yellow Jacket yellow card helped the visitors gain another player-up chance, as Moyna fed Dineen with 1:06 to go, capping the key run.
The Purple Knights complete their regular season with two home games, beginning by hosting Stonehill College on Wednesday at 2 p.m.