Colchester, Vt. (March 29) -- Led by a six-goal, three-assist game by junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity), the Assumption College women's lacrosse team snapped its two-game losing streak with an 11-10 road victory at Saint Michael's College in Northeast-10 Conference action at Duffy Field. The win is the fourth straight for Assumption in the all-time series and second-straight one-goal victory over the Purple Knights.
Saint Michael's jumped out to a convincing 4-1 advantage to start the game, led by two goals from Shannon Murphy over the first 11:42 of the contest. The Purple Knights got on the board first on a goal by Steph Bonewald just 2:18 in, which was assisted on by Ali Gosselin. Assumption answered just 56 seconds after Bonewald's score as McNeil tallied an unassisted goal for the first of her six goals in the game. McNeil made it a 4-2 margin with 18:04 left in the first half, followed by a pair of goals from senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) that were both assisted on by McNeil to tie the game at 4-4 with 12:12 left. McNeil tallied a free position score to take the first Assumption lead of the game with 10:24 remaining, but Kate Boyer answered to tie the game yet again at 5-5.
It was all Assumption over the rest of the half though, led by a pair of goals from junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk), as the Hounds took an 8-5 lead into the halftime break. Auger closed the first-half scoring with just 1:13 left on the clock, scoring off an assist from freshman Quincy Wilkins (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug) for the three-goal lead. Wilkins has now tallied points in her first six career games for the Hounds.
McNeil started the second half strong for the Hounds with the 146th goal of her career for the 9-5 lead, the team's largest lead of the game with 26:12 left in the contest. The Purple Knights came alive over the next 13 minutes though, converting four free position goals to tie the game yet again at 9-9. Tying the game was Kim Liberty with 13:15 remaining as the Purple Knights finished the game 4-for-6 in free position attempts. Murphy completed her hat trick with 11:47 left on the clock, giving the Purple Knights their first lead at 10-9 since just over seven minutes left in the first half.
The Hounds defense kept Saint Michael's off the board though over the remainder of the game as McNeil tied the contest with 4:49 left at 10-10. Freshman Tori Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) scored her first career game-winning goal just 39 seconds later, tallying her seventh goal of the season for the one-goal win. Russo had the chance for the game winning goal after Assumption senior Mary Guinee (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) won a draw control after the game was tied, leading to the go-ahead goal. The Hounds also forced a pair of failed clear attempts by Saint Michael's in the final minutes to come away with the victory.
Freshman Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) made nine saves to pick up her sixth win of the season for the Hounds, while Casey Curtin and Grace Gunning each had three stops as Gunning took the loss for the Purple Knights.
Assumption held a 19-16 edge in ground balls, led by five in the game by junior Rebecca Cann (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) and four by junior Allison Tivnan (Danvers, Mass./Danvers). Cann also led the team with five caused turnovers in the win, along with three from Tivnan. Assumption was successful in 15-of-21 clear attempts and forced 20 Saint Michael's turnovers as well.
With the win, Assumption improves to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in Northeast-10 play to move into fifth place in the NE-10 standings, while Saint Michael's falls to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the league.
Assumption is back in action on Wednesday, April 2nd as the Hounds host Southern Connecticut for a 7 p.m. start.
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