Second-Half Surge Sends Assumption Past No. 18 Men’s Lacrosse in Overtime on Senior Day

BOX SCORE

When and Where: April 29, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Assumption College 15, No. 18 Southern New Hampshire University 14 (OT)
Records: SNHU 9-5 (6-5 Northeast-10), Assumption 6-7 (5-6 Northeast-10)

Senior Keifer Heckman (Peabody, Mass.) registered seven points on five goals and two assists, but Assumption College scored 11 times in the second half and the only goal of overtime to earn a, 15-14, Northeast-10 Conference men's lacrosse victory over No. 18 Southern New Hampshire University at Larkin Field on Saturday.

The Penmen carried a 9-3 advantage into the half and led, 11-8, as the game entered the fourth quarter. Heckman potted his fifth of the day 5:14 into the final stanza before a three-goal run by the Greyhounds trimmed the SNHU lead to a single goal with 4:06 remaining in regulation. Junior Corey Cairo (Wading River, N.Y.) converted a feed from Heckman at 12:32 reestablish some breathing room at 13-11, but Trevor Kennedy answered just 29 seconds later to again make it a one-goal affair.

Senior Daniel Trainor (Billerica, Mass.) seemed to have put the game away with his second of the afternoon, as it extended the Southern New Hampshire lead back to a pair with 46 seconds remaining in regulation. The game was far from over, however, as Travis Reid scored his second of the game with 32 ticks to go before a man-up marker by Kennedy with only seven seconds left knotted the score at 14 apiece.

In the extra session, Greyhounds' goalkeeper Colby Hamwey stopped a pair of attempts off the stick of Trainor, with the latter coming with just 27 seconds in the period. Assumption successfully cleared the ball upfield, and Mike Leonard set up Reid for his third and final goal of the game.

Brett Jennings staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead 2:37 into the first before back-to-back goals by junior Dan Malave (Wading River, N.Y.) and Heckman pushed the Penmen ahead, 2-1. After Assumption again drew even with five minutes remaining before Cairo found Heckman for his second of the frame to give Southern New Hampshire a 3-2 edge through one.

The Penmen carried the momentum into the second, as they reeled off six-straight goals to balloon their advantage to 9-2. Senior Zach Jacobs (Tewksbury, Mass.) kicked things off with his first of the game at 3:20 before Heckman completed his hat trick just over a minute later. Heckman then set up Jacobs for his second of the quarter with 6:54 left before the break, and senior Nicholas Ouellette (Peabody, Mass.) found Cairo at 9:29 to make it 7-2. After Heckman found the back of the net for the fourth time in the half with 3:24 left, junior Chris West (Albany, N.Y.) tacked on another a mere 13 seconds later.

A Dan Matisoff tally in the final minute of the first half followed by a Trevor Wilcox goal 5:10 into the third quarter drew the Greyhounds within five at 9-4. Cairo answered 14 seconds later, but Assumption compiled a four-goal burst that spanned from 5:58 to 11:30 of the third to make it 10-8. Trainor stopped the surge in the final 10 seconds, as his first of the day with four seconds remaining in the frame sent the teams to the fourth with the hosts ahead, 11-8.

Jacobs finished with three points on two goals and an assist, while Cairo went for three goals and a helper. Junior Michael Brawley (Tewksbury, Mass.) suffered the setback in the Southern New Hampshire cage after steering aside nine shots. 

Notes:
- The Penmen won 9-of-14 faceoffs during the first half, but managed to go just 4-for- 17 in the final two quarters and overtime. SNHU also committed 11 of its 17 turnovers after the intermission.
- With seven points on Saturday, Heckman now sits alone at No. 8 on the Penmen men's lacrosse all-time scoring list with 151 points. Heckman's five goals also pushed him ahead of Kyle Hintlian '03 for sixth all-time in career goal scoring with 111 tallies.
- Saturday marked the final home game for Heckman, Trainor, Jacobs, Malave, Ouellette, Tyler Walsh (Northampton, Mass), Matthew Blaisdell (Tewksbury, Mass.), Scott Lavey (Wading River, N.Y.), Matt McIntire (Milford, Mass.), Will Thompson (Southington, Conn.), Patrick Goff (Nashua, N.H.), Cameron McGuire (Melrose, Mass.) and John Marcone (Canton, Mass.). The 13 seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony with friends and family.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire earned the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Northeast-10 Conference Championship, and will travel to either Pace University or Merrimack College for the quarterfinal round on Tuesday (May 2).

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