Purple Knights Edged Late at Southern New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Saint Michael's lacrosse team yielded the winning goal with 4.2 seconds remaining on Thursday in an 11-10 setback to Southern New Hampshire at Larkin Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights fell to 6-3 overall and 4-3 in the league, as each of their losses has come by a single goal. The Penmen are 3-9 and 2-6.

Saint Michael's, whose last five games have been decided by seven total goals, received hat tricks from senior Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and first-year Ali Gosselin (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley). Martin added three ground balls, while Gosselin had five draw controls. Junior Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) notched two goals, an assist and five draw controls, classmate Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) added a tally and a helper, and sophomore Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) scored once.

Senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) dished out four assists, moving within three points of becoming the 14th Purple Knight with 100 career points. Junior Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) scooped four ground balls, sophomore Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made two saves in 12:51, and first-year Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) recorded a season-best 12 stops in 47:09 of relief.

Senior Phoebe Clark (Concord, N.H./Concord) netted a hat trick for Southern New Hampshire, while classmate Ellie Moran (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) had two goals and two assists. Junior Emily King (Florence, Mass./Northampton) scored twice, including recording the winner, and sophomore Maria Ploof (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union) totaled 13 saves.

The Purple Knights forged a quick 3-0 lead by the time 5:26 had elapsed, as Martin scored the first two markers before Piper completed a flurry of three goals in 2:16. Southern New Hampshire responded with the next five scores, as five different players found the back of the net in a 5:38 stretch, and the Penmen led 5-3 at 17:09 of the first half.

Gosselin scored at 14:36 off a Piper feed and again with 11:08 left thanks to King's pass to knot the game, but Southern New Hampshire reestablished a two-goal cushion on Morin's marker at 4:53. The Purple Knights tied the contest once more before halftime, with Bonewald converting a King assist at 3:19 and Boyer making it 7-7 just 1:36 later.

Gosselin and Martin scored in the opening 10:15 of the second stanza to cap a 4-0 run for the visitors and produce a 9-7 margin, but the Penmen tied it just 3:53 later thanks to a pair of free-position goals. Boyer scored a free-position tally of her own with 6:36 to go, but first-year Ellen Decker (Foxboro, Mass./Foxboro) found the equalizer just 1:24 later.

After the Purple Knights won the draw but turned the ball over, the Penmen ran more than three minutes off the clock but ultimately also lost possession, with Martin snagging a ground ball with 40 seconds remaining and helping her team set up a play. However, Saint Michael's turned it over soon thereafter, and Morin found King out front for the winner at 4.2 seconds.

Saint Michael's returns home to face ninth-ranked Le Moyne College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Dolphins' ranking is according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).


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