Penmen Prevail Over Assumption in NE-10 Opener, 10-7
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Six different players of the Southern New Hampshire men's lacrosse team recorded a goal in a 10-7 Northeast-10 Conference win over Assumption College Saturday afternoon. The game marked the conference opener for the Penmen who are now 1-4 overall and 1-0 in league play, while the Greyhounds sit at 0-4 and 0-2 in the conference.
Rob Murray (Marblehead, Mass.) recorded three goals en route to the win, while Cameron Joyce (Braintree, Mass.) and Phil LaTorre (Londonderry, N.H.) each added a pair, and John Cuozzo (Norfolk, Mass.), Corey Allen (Granby, Conn.), and Kevin Goodfellow (Wayland, Mass.) all notched a score for the Penmen.
Southern New Hampshire would take an early lead in the first quarter when LaTorre scored his third goal of the season from Cuozzo at the 9:36 mark to give the Penmen a 1-0 lead. The Greyhounds would answer four minutes later when Peter Gersbeck tallied a goal to tie the game up, but SNHU would regain the lead with 13 seconds remaining in the quarter on a man up Goodfellow unassisted goal.
The Penmen would strike again first in the second quarter when Murray recorded a goal just 1:05 into the quarter, but the Greyhounds would quickly answer once again when Gersbeck notched his second tally of the game. The teams would trade goals again as Murray scored his second of the game, but Assumption would score once more with under a minute to play in the half to tie up the score at 4-4 to end the quarter.
Four unanswered third quarter goals would be the difference for the Penmen as they jumped out to a 8-4 lead after the half. Murray, LaTorre, Allen, and Joyce would all score in the quarter to give SNHU a three goal advantage going into the final frame.
The Penmen would score two more goals in the last quarter to build on its lead and secure the win. Cuozzo and Joyce each notched an unassisted score to make the goal total 10 for Southern New Hampshire.
Morgan Weireter (Oak Park, Calif.) would earn his first start of the season in net for the Penmen while making three saves in the first half of play, while Crosby Nicholson (Andover, Mass.) would relieve Weireter in the second half and make three saves as well. Will Contento would play three quarters in goal for the Greyhounds while recording 13 saves. Southern New Hampshire outshot Assumption 44-20, and would capitalize on two out of six extra man opportunities.
The Penmen return to action on Saturday, March 23 when they host Pace for a Northeast-10 Conference game at 1:00 p.m. on Larkin Field.