PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team turned in its best defensive effort in a Northeast-10 Conference game this year but fell to 16th-ranked Pace University, 10-7, on Saturday at Pace Stadium. The Setters' national ranking is according to the US Lacrosse Magazine national poll.
- Saint Michael's (2-7, 0-7 NE10), Pace (5-6, 3-4 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Sophomore Erin Mikson (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket Regional), 2 goals, 2 assists
- Senior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), 2 goals, 2 ground balls
- Senior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women), 1 goal, 1 assist
- Junior Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton), 1 goal, 5 draw controls, 2 ground balls
- Sophomore Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional), 1 goal
- Senior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), 4 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers
- Sophomore Emma Coleman (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale), 3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
- Junior Lilly Hardy (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth), 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
- Sophomore Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School), 16 saves (career high)
- Senior Juliana Marcolini, 3 goals
- Sophomore Emma Rafferty, 2 goals, 1 assist, 6 draw controls
- First-year Isabella Piccola, 1 goal, 2 assists
- Sophomore Emma Norton, 2 goals
- First-year Sienna Masullo, 12 saves, 4 ground balls
- The Purple Knights played their third of three nationally-ranked foes during a four-game road stretch. The Setters were already the fifth nationally-ranked opponent Saint Michael's faced, all in NE10 play.
- Coleman broke her own school record for caused turnovers in a season, upping her total to 33 in nine games after registering 32 in 15 contests as a rookie.
- Vincent moved into a tie for eighth in program history in career goals with Joleen Wise '00 (98) while matching Megan Lagasse '07 for 10th in points (133).
- Saint Michael's allowed its fewest goals against a nationally-ranked opponent since yielding 10 against No. 17 Bentley University on April 27, 2016.
- Both teams scooped 18 ground balls.
- The teams traded the first six goals, with Pace taking three one-goal leads, only to have the Purple Knights forge ties after each.
- Norton and Mikson swapped free-position goals to begin the game before another Norton strike at 19:45 of the opening half was met by Oliver's counter 2:52 later.
- Junior Mary Kate Lonegan put the hosts back in front at 10:48, only to see Kate Martin score 49 seconds after that.
- Marcolini responded with a goal 31 seconds after Martin's, at 9:28, to kick off a game-altering 6-1 run that carried deep into the second half. Kate Martin added the only Purple Knight goal in the stretch, which saw Marcolini register a hat trick and Piccola a goal and two assists.
- Down 9-4 with fewer than four minutes remaining, Saint Michael's netted three of the final four goals. Vincent scored off a Mikson feed at 3:51, Waystack converted junior Katie Daley's (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) pass with 1:17 remaining, and Mikson took Vincent's dish to draw her team within three with 35 seconds to go. However, Rafferty won the next draw to squelch the comeback bid.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Wednesday vs. Franklin Pierce University, 3:30 p.m.
- The Purple Knights will hold a Hope Happens Here (HHH) Mental Health Awareness Game while Pie a Purple Knight takes place at halftime.