#18 Women's Lacrosse Holds Off Saint Michael’s, 12-8

Booth scored three goals and added five ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Vetter and Booth lead the way for Skyhawks with three goals each

EASTON, Mass. (April 20, 2017) – Stonehill College, ranked No. 18 in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II poll, picked up its fifth straight win with a 12-8 victory over Saint Michael's College in Northeast-10 Conference women's lacrosse action on Timothy J. Coughlin '80 Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium tonight.

Seniors Elizabeth Vetter (Great River, New York/East Islip) and Shannon Booth (Pearl River, New York/Nanuet) scored three goals apiece to lead Stonehill to victory. Vetter also collected five draw controls, three ground balls and a caused turnover, while Booth added five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior Brianna Doherty (Walpole, Massachusetts/Walpole) registered two goals and an assist with two ground balls and a caused turnover, with freshmen MacKenzie Pleshaw (Franklin, Massachusetts/Franklin) and Jennifer Wheaton (Dartmouth, Massachusetts/Dartmouth) each chipping in with a pair of goals.

Freshman Bailey Grant (Chelmsford, Massachusetts/Chelmsford) posted four saves in the Stonehill goal, adding a ground ball and caused turnover. Senior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Massachusetts/Norwell) kept Saint Michael's in a game in which it was outshot 37-13 with 15 saves, four ground balls and a caused turnover.

Senior Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Massachusetts/Lowell) paced the Saint Michael's attack with three goals, adding five ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Sophomores Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Maryland/Mercersburg Academy) and Alex Vincent (Rush, New York/Our Lady of Mercy School) each netted two goals for the Purple Knights, while Clark also chipped in with two draws, a ground ball and caused turnover.

Vetter paced the Skyhawks with three goals, five draws and three ground balls. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Stonehill scored the first four goals of the game, from four different players, on its way to a 7-1 halftime lead. Booth, Vetter and Wheaton all netted two goals for the Skyhawks in the opening half, including three of the four goals in the opening run that consumed 22-minutes of the first frame, while Doherty had a goal and assist in the first half.

Stonehill's lead peaked at seven goals as Pleshaw opened the second half with her first goal of the night 5:17 in. Saint Michael's followed with a three goal run, including back-to-back goals from MacKinnon within three minutes, over an eight minute stretch to close within four (8-4) with 14:38 to play. The Purple Knights were still within four (10-6) after a free-position goal from Vincent with 6:33 on the clock before the Skyhawks sealed the win with goals by Doherty and Booth within a 40-second span to restore a six goal cushion (12-6) with 3:13 remaining.

Stonehill (9-5, 8-3 NE10) returns to action on Saturday when it hosts New York Tech, ranked No. 6 in this week's Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division II poll and 13th in the IWLCA Division II poll, for its Alumnae Day at W.B. Mason Stadium at 2 p.m. Saint Michael's (3-9, 2-9 NE10) visits Bentley University next Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

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