March 21, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Upends Saint Michael's for Fourth Straight

COLCHESTER, Vt.Ellie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) totaled five goals and an assist as Southern New Hampshire University downed Saint Michael's College 14-8 in Northeast-10 women's lacrosse Thursday afternoon at Duffy Field.  The Penmen won their fourth in a row to improve to 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the NE-10, while the Purple Knights are now 2-3 and 0-2 in the league.

SNHU's four-game win streak is its longest since a five-game win streak from April 8-20, 2010.

Lindsay Bucknam (Bow, N.H.) tallied four goals for Southern New Hampshire, which also got three goals from Alexa Allen (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and single scores from Emily King (Florence, Mass.) and Phoebe Clark (Concord, N.H.).

Saint Michael's was led by Kate Boyer who finished with three goals and an assist.

The hosts jumped out to an early 4-1 lead before three straight Penmen goals tied the game with 13:31 left in the first half on a Morin goal.  Caitlin Mahoney scored with 8:39 left to reclaim the lead for Saint Michael's, but the lead was short-lived as Allen scored at 8:09 to tie the game and again at 6:38 to give SNHU a 6-5 lead.  The Penmen would not trail again and took an 8-6 lead into the locker room.

Southern New Hampshire scored the first four goals of the second half and Allen's goal with 13:27 remaining gave the guests a 12-6 lead.  Saint Michael's cut the lead to five twice down the stretch but got no closer.

Maria Ploof (Middlebury, Vt.) went the distance in goal for Southern New Hampshire and made 11 saves, while Purple Knight counterpart Casey Curtin made three stops.  Saint Michael's outshot the Penmen 26-25 and held a 14-9 draw control advantage.

SNHU returns home Saturday when it hosts Assumption College in a 4:00 Northeast-10 contest at Larkin Field.