NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Sophomore Olivia Green (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) registered four points and junior Amanda Picillo (Valley Stream, N.Y.) made 13 saves as the Mount Saint Mary College women's lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season with a 10-7 triumph over visiting Curry College on Sunday afternoon.
A tight game throughout, the two teams entered halftime knotted at 4-4 after Lily Ashford (Atkinson, N.H.) brought the visitors even with just over four minutes left before the break. The Ashford tally stopped a two goal run for the Knights that saw Green and Kayla Gilligan (Amityville, N.Y.) score back-to-back goals to push the Mount in front 4-3.
The Knights opened the scoring with two straight goals with Courtney Condron (Franklin Square, N.Y.) and Gilligan tallying inside the first three minutes of play, before the Colonels rallied with the next three goals to pull in front 3-2 with 15:44 left in the opening frame.
Mount Saint Mary outshot Curry 15-13 prior to the break, but the Colonels scored three goals with the man advantage prior to halftime. The Knights took a 15-12 edge in groundballs into the intermission, while Curry won six of the nine draw controls contested.
The two sides alternated goals over the first 18-and-a-half minutes of the second stanza, but a three goal run from the Knights in under three minutes gave them a 9-6 advantage with just under nine minutes left in regulation. Christina Ryan (Franklin Square, N.Y.) started the run with her first goal of the game and Providence Gilkey (Shirley, N.Y.) and Chelsea Henke (Pawling, N.Y.) each followed with their first goals of the season.
Curry stopped the run with a Leona Stevens (Kingston, Mass.) marker with 7:22 left in regulation time, but Ryan's second of the game with 4:12 left sealed the Knights first win of the season.
Mount Saint Mary featured seven different goals scorers, led by two goals each from Ryan, Gilligan and Liz Halpin (Lagrangeville, N.Y.). Green rounded out the day with a goal and three assists with Gilkey scoring her first career goal.
Morgan Cordes (Sound Beach, N.Y.) and Halpin each won four draw controls for the Knights, with Cordes causing four turnovers and picking up three groundballs. Maggie Pedersen (Glasco, N.Y.) picked up a team-high five groundballs and caused a pair of turnovers.
Curry was led by four points each from Stevens and Katie Parker (Branford, Conn.), with Parker scoring three times. Abby Dubel (Wolfeboro, N.H.) added a goal and seven draw controls with Abigail Roy (Nashua, N.H.) picking up six groundballs and posting three caused turnovers.
Picillo finished the day with a season-high 13 saves, making seven stops in the first half and six more after halftime. She rounded out the day with three groundballs and a caused turnover. Amy Collard (Lakeville, Mass.) also played a strong game for Curry, stopping 15 shots and picking up four groundballs.
Mount Saint Mary finished the day with the advantage in shots 31-25, shots on goal 25-20, groundballs 30-28 and draw controls 11-8. The Knights went 18-for-24 in clearing chances, while Curry was 16-for-23.
At 1-1 overall on the season, Mount Saint Mary plays its third straight home game to open the season on Wednesday when it plays host to Smith. Opening Draw is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Curry continues its Spring Break trip with a road contest at Mount Saint Vincent on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
(Game Recap Courtesy of Mount Saint Mary College Sports Information)