March 13, 2011

Stille Sisters Combine for Seven Goals, Women’s Lacrosse Opens Season With 17-8 Win Over Saint Michael’s

Hemphill adds three points in collegiate debut

Stille Lauren Stille contributed four points on three goals and an assist on Saturday afternoon against Saint Michael's.

LAURINBURG, N.C. (March 13, 2011) – Junior midfielder Mary Kate Stille (North Quincy, Mass.) scored four goals and her sister, senior attacker Lauren Stille (North Quincy, Mass.), added three goals and an assist on Sunday afternoon to lead the Franklin Pierce University women's lacrosse team to a 17-8 win over Saint Michael's in neutral-site, non-conference play at Knights Field on the campus of St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Three other Ravens chipped in two goals each in the game.

With the win, Franklin Pierce opens its season 1-0 (0-0 Northeast-10), while Saint Michael's falls to 0-3 (0-1 Northeast-10). It is the second straight season the Ravens have topped the Purple Knights in their season-opener.

Franklin Pierce jumped to a 9-3 lead in the first half and never looked back. The Ravens edged Saint Michael's 8-5 in the second half to create the 17-8 final.

Behind the two Stille sisters, junior attacker Brianna Nash (Oceanside, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Courtney Weber (Centerport, N.Y.) and freshman attacker Julie Hemphill (Clarkston, Mich.) each scored two goals apiece for Franklin Pierce. Hemphill added an assist to finish with three points in her collegiate debut. Sophomore midfielder Ashley Lamagdeleine (Westfield, Mass.) added a goal and an assist while senior attacker Jordan Baillargeon (Westfield, Mass.) dished out two assists to round out the multiple-point scorers on the afternoon for Franklin Pierce.

Defensively, junior defender Kim Jaksina (Townsend, Mass.) led the way for Franklin Pierce with 10 ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore midfielder Emily Lodge (Lyman, Maine) collected nine ground balls and caused two turnovers of her own.

Junior attacker Eliza Scoba led the way for Saint Michael's with three goals on the afternoon, while both senior attacker Joan Colloton and freshman attacker Crystal King added two scores of their own. Each of the Purple Knights' eight goals was of the unassisted variety.

Junior goalkeeper Sandy Palumbo led Saint Michael's by picking up six ground balls, while six different Purple Knights caused one turnover each.

Stille Mary Kate Stille scored a game-best four goals against Saint Michael's.

Junior goalkeeper Jill Bolduc (Atkinson, N.H.) made eight saves to pick up the win (1-0) in front of the Franklin Pierce net. Palumbo made 17 saves, but was saddled with the loss (0-3) between the pipes for Saint Michael's.

Franklin Pierce posted a 40-20 advantage in shots in the game, including a 20-9 edge in a dominant first half. The Ravens held an 18-10 edge in draw controls, were successful of 44 of 50 (88 percent) clear attempts and went 4-for-8 on free-position shots. Saint Michael's went 25-for-37 (67.6 percent) on clear attempts and 3-for-9 on free-position shots.

The Ravens return to the field on Tuesday, March 15, when they visit St. Andrews Presbyterian in a non-conference contest. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Knights Field.

For more information on Franklin Pierce Athletics, please visit the official website of Franklin Pierce Athletics (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu). Also be sure to follow the Ravens through the Department of Athletics' official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens), its YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/franklinpiercesports) and its Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/FPUathletics).

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