Saint Michael's Rallies, But Falls Short vs. Assumption

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's cut into a 10-goal deficit in the final 10:05 of the second half but ultimately fell short to Assumption, 13-9, on Monday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Greyhounds improve to 3-6 and 2-4.

Sophomore Caroline Casper (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) led the Purple Knights with two markers and two helpers, while senior Eliza Scoba (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) finished with a hat trick, moving into a tie for ninth in program history with 127 career points.

Junior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) scored two goals, while sophomore Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) and freshman Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each contributed one tally and one assist. Sophomore Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had six ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers, while senior Sandy Palumbo (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) made seven saves.

Freshman Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) led the Greyhounds with four markers, while junior Steph O'Rourke (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) added two goals and two helpers. Classmate Michelle Santos (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) had three tallies, while sophomore Michelle Monahan (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) stopped five shots. Assumption converted 5 of 8 free-position shots during the contest.

The Greyhounds ran to a 2-0 lead by the 21:28 mark of the opening half before the Purple Knights received goals from Boyer and Scoba to knot the score at two with 11:02 remaining in the half. Assumption tallied twice in a minute to take a two-goal lead at 9:47, but Scoba found the back of the net at 5:02 to bring the Purple Knights within one.

Assumption scored the next nine goals to take a commanding 10-goal lead, as the Greyhounds tallied four goals in the final 3:22 of the first half and tacked on five more by 12:10 of the second half. Mahoney sparked a 6-0 Purple Knight run with a tally at 10:05, and King put one home at 8:52 before Casper struck twice in a 1:35 stretch.

Mahoney and Scoba finished off the scoring in a 1:41 span, with Scoba completing her hat trick at 1:47. Martin controlled the ensuing draw, but a Saint Michael's turnover with a little more than a minute remaining ended its comeback bid.

Saint Michael's hosts Bentley University on Wednesday for an NE-10 contest at 4:30 p.m.


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