Hounds earn first NE-10 victory against Saint Michael's
On Saturday, April 2, the Hounds traveled to Colchester, Vermont to take on Saint Michael’s College in search of their first Northeast-10 Conference victory. With impressive efforts by their underclassmen, the Hounds were able to do just that.
The team started off strong by scoring three goals within the first 16 minutes of the game. Sophomore Caitlyn Graves scored the first goal just over three minutes into the game on an assist by first-year Kailyn Hart. First-year Sarah Reilly posted an unassisted goal with 23:25 left on the clock. Hart got the third goal on an assist by Graves with 14:08 remaining in the first half.
However, Saint Michael’s answered with four goals of their own in a span of just over eight minutes. Three of the four goals were unassisted, with one of the goals coming from a free position shot.
In the last 3:54 of the first half, Assumption put three more goals into the back of the net, giving them a 6-4 lead. First-year Krista Iwanicki tied the game at 4, while Graves followed with a man-up goal and Hart scored with one second remaining in the half.
The second half didn’t see as much scoring. Senior Molly Brown posted the first goal with a free position shot to increase Assumption’s lead to 7-4. Just over two minutes later, sophomore Kealy Moyna of Saint Michael’s answered back on an unassisted goal. Hart then added one of her own to complete the hat trick.
Sixteen seconds later, Moyna also earned the hat trick and reduced the deficit to two goals. Brown scored the final goal of the game with 10:24 left and Assumption won the game with a score of 9-6.
The Hounds improved their overall record to 3-5 and obtained their first NE-10 win. Junior Jaclyn Chirco stopped five shots for the Hounds, while Grace Cunning made four saves for the Purple Knights.
Hart played a large role in the game, posting three goals and an assist, while picking up two ground balls and causing three turnovers. Graves and Brown both added two goals and an assist of their own. Junior Tori Russo led the team in ground balls with six, and also had three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Moyna led Saint Michael’s in scoring with her three goals and added three draw controls. Assumption led the game in ground balls with 21, while Saint Michael’s scooped up 17 of their own. The Hounds forced 18 turnovers and were able to successfully clear the ball 12 of 18 times. Both teams had eight draw controls.
The next game for the Women’s Lacrosse team is at Pace University on Saturday, April 16 at 12 p.m.