MANCHESTER, N.H. – Megan Wiggins and Jackie Brown each scored four times as 12th-ranked Bentley University downed Southern New Hampshire University 22-13 in Northeast-10 women's lacrosse Wednesday night at Larkin Field. The Falcons upped their record to 9-4 and 7-2 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 5-8 and 4-5 in the league.
The Falcons used a balanced attack, as in addition to Wiggins and Brown, five players scored two goals on the evening. Cory Geiger led the way with two goals and a pair of assists, while Taylor Bastien had a goal and four assists.
Ellie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) paced Southern New Hampshire with four goals and an assist, while Lindsay Bucknam (Bow, N.H.) notched two goals and a pair of assists. Alexa Allen (East Longmeadow, Mass.) finished with two goals and an assist, while Jenna Crupi (Albany, N.Y.) and Emily King (Florence, Mass.) each scored twice. Phoebe Clark (Concord, N.H.) added a goal and an assist.
Bentley never trailed in the game and opened up an 8-4 lead with 17:59 left in the first half as Kelsey Howard capped three unanswered goals for the guests. Following a timeout, the Penmen cut it to 8-6 on goals by King at 16:07 and Crupi at 14:39. The Falcons countered with three straight to go up 11-6 with 8:34 to go, but SNHU got two of the final three goals of the half, and Allen's tally 14 seconds before intermission made it 12-8 at the break.
The Falcons opened the second half with five unanswered goals in the first 5:43 to put the game out of reach, taking a 17-8 lead on a Brown goal.
Ally Dorman made 12 saves in goal for Bentley, while Maria Ploof (Middlebury, Vt.) notched six saves in the first 43:32 for the Penmen before giving way to Alex Tepper (Flanders, N.J.), who allowed three goals and made three saves over the final 16:28. The Falcons outshot Southern New Hampshire 34-27.
Southern New Hampshire closes out its home schedule Saturday when it hosts No. 14 New Haven in a 4:00 contest at Larkin Field.