SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University edged Southern New Hampshire University 11-10 in non-conference women's lacrosse Tuesday night. The Lions upped their record to 3-1, while the Penmen are now 0-2 on the season.
Nine different players scored for Saint Leo, with Christina Minneci and Kelsey Burns each scoring twice. Burns also added an assist.
Southern New Hampshire was led by Phoebe Clark (Concord, N.H.) and Emily King (Florence, Mass.) who each tallied three goals. Clark also added an assist. Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) scored twice, while Alexa Allen (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Ellie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) added single tallies.
The Penmen trailed 9-6 with just over 19 minutes to play when it ran off four straight goals, and a score by Clark with 7:02 to go gave the visitors a 10-9 lead, their first of the game. The lead was short-lived, as Burns scored 23 seconds later, and Minneci scored with 4:16 left to put the Lions on top 10-9. The Penmen won the ensuing draw and put two shots on target, but following an SNHU foul, Saint Leo cleared successfully and ran out the final two minutes.
Saint Leo jumped out to a 3-0 lead 13 minutes into the game, and held a 5-3 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the first half, but back-to-back goals by Clark at 9:08 and Allen at 8:29 tied the game 5-5. Sarah Johnson recorded a free-position goal 5:15 before intermission to give the hosts a 6-5 lead at the break.
Brittany Millsap made eight saves en route to the win for Saint Leo, while Penmen counterpart Maria Ploof (Middlebury, Vt.) made eight saves as the Lions outshot Southern New Hampshire 26-21.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it travels to top-ranked LIU Post for a 1:30 contest. The Penmen home opener is set for Tuesday, March 11 when they host Post University for a 4:00 game at Larkin Field.
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