Former Saint Michael's standout attack Courtney Piper '15 enters her third season as an assistant coach with the women's lacrosse team in 2018.
The Purple and Gold, who saw three players miss the season due to injury, went 3-4 down the stretch in 2017, with three of those setbacks to nationally-ranked squads, including narrow losses of 12-7 to No. 12 University of New Haven and 12-8 at No. 18 Stonehill College. Saint Michael's fell by four goals or fewer four times while missing the Northeast-10 Conference's final postseason spot by two games. Purple Knights handed off 49 assists during the season, their most since the 2008 campaign.
Beset by injuries in 2016, the Purple Knights employed 11 players in their first season as active members of the program, while many veterans held critical roles for the first time. While six of their losses came against nationally-ranked teams, the Purple Knights were tied with 18th-ranked Stonehill until a little more than a minute remained in an 8-7 loss on April 22 and trailed No. 17 Bentley University by one with less than two minutes left in a 10-8 setback five days later.
A senior co-captain, Piper graduated tied for first in program history in career games (60), tied for fifth in assists (42) and 11th in points (126). Piper set personal bests and led the Purple Knights in points (44), goals (32) and assists (12) during a final season that saw her become the 15th player in school history to join the 100 career-point club. A seven-time NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll qualifier, Piper graduated with a degree in business administration.