Women's Lacrosse Shades Dowling 12-11
OAKDALE, N.Y. - Laura Rotolo (Waltham, MA) totaled three goals and an assist to lead Southern New Hampshire University to a 12-11 women's lacrosse victory over Dowling College Friday afternoon at Golden Lions Field. The Penmen improved to 5-3 overall, while the first-year Golden Lion program stands at 4-2 on the season.
SNHU also got two goals apiece from Carole Lee (Derry, NH), Libby Parent (Hinesburg, VT) and Julie Kraus (Derry, NH). Lucretia Joy (Portland, ME), Sherry Darrell (Bow, NH) and Jennifer Parro (Ipswich, MA) each had a goal and an assist for the Penmen.
Cassandra Cronin led Dowling with four goals.
The Penmen held a 6-4 halftime lead but scored the first four goals of the second half to take a 10-4 lead with 18:29 left on a Kraus goal. Dowling scored the next four goals and a tally by Melanie Burgos with 13:39 left cut the SNHU lead to two, 10-8. Kraus gave Southern New Hampshire a 12-9 lead with just over eight minutes to play. Dowling cut the lead to one, 12-11, with 46 seconds left on Lauren Marra's goal but could not come up with the equalizer.
Southern New Hampshire trailed just once, at 1-0 32 seconds into the game. Parro would give SNHU a 5-2 lead with 7:05 left before intermission. The Penmen led 6-3 late in the half but a goal by Kelly Cefalu with 2:22 left made it 6-4 at the break.
Katie Clark (Norwich, CT) made nine saves for SNHU as the hosts held a 28-24 shot advantage.
SNHU wraps up its three-game Long Island trip with a game at defending Division II national champion C.W. Post Sunday.