MANCHESTER, N.H. – Seven different players notched a goal for the Southern New Hampshire University men's lacrosse team in a 14-6 Northeast-10 Conference win over Franklin Pierce Tuesday evening. The Penmen are now 4-7 overall and 4-3 in league play, while the Ravens fall to 4-5 and 3-4 in the conference.
Nine unanswered Southern New Hampshire goals in the second quarter were the difference in the win. Corey Allen (Suffield, Conn.) led all players with four goals on the night, including two in the second quarter, while Taylor Warden (Concord, N.H.) registered three scores for the Penmen. Cameron Joyce (Braintree, Mass.) and John Cuozzo (Norfolk, Mass.) each notched two goals, and Ryan Woodford (Scituate, Mass.), Nick Popovici (Portsmouth, R.I.), and Rob Murray (Marblehead, Mass.) all recorded one.
The Penmen jumped out to an early lead in the first frame when Joyce recorded a goal at the 11:34 mark from Cuozzo, and Allen scored halfway through the quarter to take a 2-0 lead. Kevin Dargin scored two goals for the Ravens, and Allen recorded his second goal of the game to end the quarter with a 3-2 lead.
Southern New Hampshire dominated the second quarter while scoring nine goals and shutting out the Ravens. Cuozzo started the surge with a goal just 44 seconds into the frame, and Woodford scored two minutes later despite the Penmen being down a man. Murray and Popovici scored back-to-back goals, followed by a pair from Allen. Warden, Joyce, and Cuozzo each scored to give the Penmen a 12-2 advantage heading into halftime.
The teams traded one goal apiece in the third quarter, and the Ravens outscored the Penmen in the fourth 3-1. Warden scored the lone SNHU goal in the final frame as the Penmen secured the win.
Crosby Nicholson (Andover, Mass.) made 14 saves in net for the Penmen, while Don Denman saved 12 shots.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, April 13 when they travel to Saint Rose for a 5:00 league game.