Purple Knights' Comeback Falls Short vs. No. 7 Stonehill

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's stayed with No. 7 Stonehill, leading until the latter portion of the opening half during an eventual 11-9 loss on Thursday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights fall to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Northeast-10 after improving greatly upon a 20-1 loss to the Skyhawks last year, while Stonehill moves to 4-1 and 2-0.

Senior Eliza Scoba (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) led the Purple Knights with two goals and two assists, while freshman Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) had two markers and dished out one assist. Sophomore Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) added two tallies, while classmate Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had five draw controls and seven ground balls. Senior Sandy Palumbo (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) made 10 saves for the hosts.

Junior Kelsey Reilly (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) tallied five markers for Stonehill, while classmate Kayla Green (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) finished with two goals and an assist. Sophomore Mary Lee Mahony (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) and freshman Mikayla Couch (Towaco, N.J./DePaul Catholic) each netted two tallies, while freshman Ashley Armstrong (Northboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) stopped six shots.

The Purple Knights yielded the first two goals before taking a 3-2 lead with 15:18 remaining in the first half on freshman Melissa Jaskiewicz's (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) marker before the Skyhawks tallied four straight markers to take a three-goal lead, with Reilly capping off the scoring at 5:14.

The teams traded goals before the half, and Stonehill scored three out of the first four goals in the second half to take a 10-5 lead with 17:49 left in the contest. Scoba responded 51 seconds later and Piper just 31 ticks after that, and Martin capped the 3-0 run at 14:32, making it 10-8. The Skyhawks tacked on another goal on Mahony's free-position shot at 10:51, but Piper tallied at 4:23 to cut the deficit back to two goals.

Saint Michael's had a couple golden opportunities to further trim the lead during the final few minutes, including hitting the crossbar at 3:18 and being awarded a free-position shot with 39 seconds left that Armstrong stopped.

The Purple Knights return to action on Saturday when they host No. 1 Le Moyne College at 1:00 p.m. The Dolphins, whose ranked is according to the IWLCA, advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament semifinals.

2012-03-22



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