RINDGE, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire men's lacrosse defense held Franklin Pierce to just four goals to take a Northeast-10 Conference game by a score of 7-4 over the Ravens Wednesday evening at Sodexo Field. The Penmen are now 3-6 overall and 3-4 in league play, while Franklin Pierce sits at 5-4 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
The Penmen defense, which caused nine Franklin Pierce turnovers, allowed just one Ravens' goal per quarter en route to the victory.
Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, Mass.) led the team offensively with two goals, while Phil LaTorre (Londonderry, N.H.), Cameron Joyce (Braintree, Mass.), and Rob Murray (Marblehead, Mass.) each had a score and an assist. Corey Allen (Suffield, Conn.), Crosby Nicholson (Andover, Mass.), and Zach Jacobs (Tewksbury, Mass.) also added a point for the Penmen in the win.
Franklin Pierce took an early 1-0 lead at the 12:18 mark in the first quarter when Erik Kelly scored his first goal of the game. The Ravens held onto what would be their only lead for seven minutes, until Allen scored from Joyce to tie the game up at 1-1 with 5:14 to go in the first.
The Penmen dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Ravens 3-1 to take a 4-2 lead. LaTorre started the frame with an early score from Nicholson to go up 2-1, and despite a Ravens' equalizer, Joyce was able to capitalize on a man-up opportunity from LaTorre to regain the lead. Buckley then closed out the half with his first tally of the game with :04 to play to give the hosts a two-goal advantage.
The teams traded goals in the third quarter, with the Ravens scoring first to cut the lead back to one, but Jacobs answered at the 8:35 mark to take a 5-3 lead heading into the final quarter.
Buckley notched his second goal of the game with 11:15 to play in the fourth to give SNHU its largest lead of the game at three on a man-up score from Murray. Kelly answered for the hosts five minutes later to cut the deficit to two goals for the Ravens, but Murray scored one last insurance goal for the Penmen at the 5:18 mark to seal the win at 7-4.
Morgan Weireter (Oak Park, Calif.) anchored the defense, saving 20 shots and allowing just four goals in 60 minutes of work, while Don Denman had 14 saves for the Ravens.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, April 12 when they host Saint Rose for a 1:00 p.m. league game on Larkin Field.
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