OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Molloy College opened up what had been a 6-3 game early in the second half to post a 15-7 non-conference women's lacrosse triumph over Southern New Hampshire University Saturday at Oceanside High School. The Lions improve to 7-6 with the victory, while the Penmen are now 5-8 overall.
Kaitlynn Kelly led Molloy with four goals and an assist, while Codi Reiser finished with two goals and three assists for the Lions.
Jenna Crupi (Albany, N.Y.) and Ellie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) led Southern New Hampshire with two goals apiece, with Morin also adding an assist. Alexa Allen (East Longmeadow, Mass.) registered a goal and an assist for the Penmen, while Adrianna Frattasio (Walpole, Mass.) and Lindsay Bucknam (Bow, N.H.) also added single tallies.
Molloy scored the game's first two goals before Crupi got the Penmen on the board 5:12 into the contest. The Lions reclaimed a two goal lead 17 seconds later on a Nicole Mastrianni goal, and led 4-1 when Bucknam scored at the 14:58 mark. The hosts scored twice in the final 2:41, including a Kelly tally 33 seconds before halftime, to hold a 6-2 lead at intermission.
Frattasio scored 1:42 into the second half to pull Southern New Hampshire within three, 6-3, before the Lions reeled off four unanswered goals in a 10:30 span to go up 10-3 with 15:21 left. Crupi scored to halt the Molloy run with 13:44 left, but the Lions scored the game's next two goals and maintained at least a seven-goal advantage the rest of the way.
Caroline Winters played the first 57:04 in goal for Molloy and made eight saves before giving way to Caitlin Cooksey, who recorded a pair of stops. Freshman Maria Ploof (Middlebury, Vt.) posted a career-best 17 saves for Southern New Hampshire as Molloy held a 40-22 shot advantage.
Southern New Hampshire returns to Northeast-10 play Wednesday night when it hosts No. 12 Bentley University in a 7:00 contest at Larkin Field.