April 27, 2013

Second Quarter Surge Pushes Penmen Past Yellow Jackets

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Southern New Hampshire University men's lacrosse team defeated American International College by a score of 15-7 Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action. With the win, the Penmen are now 6-9 overall and 6-5 in the league while American Int'l is now 1-14 and 0-11 in conference play.

The win clinched a No. 5 seed for the Penmen in the Northeast-10 Championship, who will travel to fourth-seeded Saint Michael's for a first-round game on Tuesday.

Four different players recorded multiple goals in the win for the Penmen. Rob Murray (Marblehead, Mass.) and Corey Allen (Suffield, Conn.) each scored four goals, while Cameron Joyce (Braintree, Mass.) and John Cuozzo (Norfolk, Mass.) scored three apiece.

Southern New Hampshire took an early lead in the first quarter, and built on it before the half to take a 8-3 lead.

Cuozzo scored the first goal of the game at the 10:50 mark to take a 1-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets answered just a minute later to tie it up, but Cuozzo notched his second goal of the quarter to regain the lead heading into the second.

In the second quarter, American Int'l scored back-to-back goals to start the frame, but SNHU answered with six consecutive unanswered goals. Murray recorded all of his tallies in the quarter including a hat-trick to start the surge. Allen scored the other two goals to give the Penmen an 8-3 advantage into halftime.

The Yellow Jackets outscored SNHU in the third quarter 3-1 after Allen scored his third goal of the game. But the Penmen scored six fourth quarter goals to American Int'l's one to secure the win at 15-7.

Crosby Nicholson (Andover, Mass.) got the win in net for the Penmen while saving 9 shots. Alexis Buque recorded eight saves in goal for the Yellow Jackets.

The Penmen return to action Tuesday, April 30 when they travel to Saint Michael's for a 2:00 p.m. NE-10 Championship first-round game.