Waystack's Late Winner Pushes Women's Lacrosse Past Franklin Pierce, 16-15

Waystack's Late Winner Pushes Women's Lacrosse Past Franklin Pierce, 16-15

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Sophomore Kaitlyn Waystack's (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) tie-breaking goal with 2:39 remaining gave the Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team the lead for good in a 16-15 victory over Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday during Northeast-10 Conference play at Duffy Field.

Senior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) became the program's eighth 100-goal scorer during the contest, and classmate Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) tied the school mark for career caused turnovers with a takeaway in the waning seconds of a one-goal affair.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (3-7, 1-7 NE10), Franklin Pierce (6-6, 3-6 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Sophomore Erin Mikson (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket Regional), 5 goals (career high), 1 assist
  • Senior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women), 4 goals, 1 assist
  • Senior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 caused turnovers
  • Junior Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton), 2 goals, 2 assists, 2 ground balls, 3 draw controls
  • Sophomore Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional), 1 goal, 2 ground balls
  • Junior Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Lucy Chin (Lexington, Mass./Lexington), 9 saves (career high), 3 ground balls
  • Sophomore Emma Coleman (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale), 4 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers
  • Senior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), 4 ground balls, 3 draw controls, 4 caused turnovers

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • First-year Savannah Ernst, 7 goals, 4 draw controls, 3 caused turnovers
  • Sophomore Caroline Lounsbury, 2 goals, 1 assist, 8 draw controls
  • Sophomore Zoe Totland, 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 draw controls
  • First-year Jenna Cimbron, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 caused turnovers
  • Junior Casey Butera, 1 save in 30:00
  • First-year Megan Bacik, 4 saves in 30:00 of relief, Loss

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's returned home for the first time since March 24 and opened a run of three home contests in a four-game stretch.
  • The Purple Knights downed the Ravens for the first time since April 3, 2015, as this was the eighth time in the last nine meetings the teams were separated by four goals or fewer.
  • Both teams fired 24 shots, while Saint Michael's held a 21-17 edge in ground balls and forced more turnovers (26) than it committed (23). Each squad registered 17 caused turnovers.
  • The game featured nine ties but only two lead changes.
  • Chin claimed the first victory of her career in her initial start.
  • Vincent became the eighth member of the program's 100-goal club during the contest, and the first since Eliza Scoba '12 in 2012. Vincent is tied with Scoba for sixth at Saint Michael's in goals (102) and matched Scoba for seventh in points (138).
  • Annie Martin tied Amanda Soule's '08 school record of 87 career caused turnovers while moving into third in draw controls (130) and tying Julie Carey '08 for 10th in ground balls (108).
  • Coleman notched her fourth game of at least five caused turnovers this season.

THE ACTION

  • Kate Martin had a pair of points in helping the Purple Knights nab a 3-1 lead by 20:18 of the opening half.
  • Ernst scored twice in a 3-0 counter that gave the Ravens their first lead, 4-3, at 16:43.
  • First-year Kaitlyn Daly's strike extended Franklin Pierce's lead to a half-high 6-4 with 9:59 to go.
  • Saint Michael's twice rallied to tie before halftime, first at 6-6 on Vincent's goal at 7:18 and then thanks to Pietz's free-position tally at 50 seconds making it 7-7.
  • However, Totland corralled a loose ball out front and found the net with four seconds left to give the visitors an 8-7 edge heading into the intermission.
  • Junior Morgan Riley fed Lounsbury at 27:38 of the second half and Cimbron with 24:01 to go, extending the Ravens' lead to 10-7.
  • Saint Michael's tied the game by 17:23, on Kate Martin's tally, during the hosts' 7-2 run that created a 14-12 margin with 7:48 remaining. Vincent tallied two goals and an assist, Kate Martin and Mikson both scored twice, and Oliver potted one goal while assisting two others in the stretch.
  • Totland's goal at 6:43 trimmed the deficit to one, but first-year Kit Geary (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) found Mikson on the doorstep at 5:21 to reestablish the Purple Knights' two-goal lead.
  • Junior Bella Lima tallied twice in 24 seconds to knot the game at 3:49, and Lounsbury won the ensuing draw.
  • However, Annie Martin quickly forced a turnover that led to a transition opportunity, as she outletted to sophomore Ashley Turner (Monkton, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) at the sideline before Turner found Mikson at the restraining line, and a final pass sent Waystack toward goal, where she deked the netminder and scored with 2:39 remaining to snap the tie.
  • Oliver won the next draw, but Franklin Pierce forced two turnovers in the final 90 seconds, including gaining one final possession on a failed Saint Michael's clear at 31 ticks. With fewer than 15 seconds to go, both Martins engaged an attacking Raven inside the fan, with Annie Martin knocking the ball loose and junior Lilly Hardy (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) snagging the ground ball and leading a breakout that salted away the clock.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at No. 16 University of New Haven, 1 p.m.
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