Purple Knights Fall to No. 6 New Haven

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's played its fifth consecutive contest against a nationally-ranked opponent on Sunday, slipping to No. 6 New Haven, 17-4, on Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are now 3-10 overall and 1-9 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Chargers improve to 12-3 and 7-3.

Four different players found the back of the net for the hosts. Senior Eliza Scoba (Franklin, Mass./Franklin), sophomore Caroline Casper (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) and freshmen Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Sarah Fortin (Dover, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) each tallied once, with Fortin's marker coming as the first of her collegiate career.

Sophomore Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) cause two turnovers, had one assist and a game-high six draws, while freshman Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) scooped up four ground balls, caused three turnovers and added an assist for her first point as a collegian. Freshman Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) made five saves in her first appearance in net for a Saint Michael's squad that held a slim 12-11 advantage in draws.

Senior Ashley Ferrandiz (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) led the Chargers with three markers and six assists, while classmate Alexis Gabbe (Malverne, N.Y./Malverne) added four tallies and three assists. Four other players netted two goals apiece for the visitors, while two Chargers each scored once. Senior Maureen Spellman (Trumbull, Conn./Saint Joseph) stopped five shots.

The Chargers took a 2-0 lead by the 27:36 mark of the first half, before Scoba netted her 99th career tally three minutes later to cut the deficit to just one. New Haven notched the next four goals to take a 6-1 lead at 17:54, but the two squads traded goals with Fortin picking up her first tally and Casper adding one and the Purple Knights trailed just 8-3 with 5:39 remaining in the half.

New Haven scored five consecutive markers to take a commanding 13-3 edge at 25:50 of the second half, but Boyer countered at 23:11 after receiving a feed from Midgley. The Chargers tacked on four more goals, before the Purple Knights held them scoreless for the final 8:14 of the contest.

The Purple Knights travel to Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. contest.

2012-04-22



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