Penmen Earn First Win, Defeat Post 23-7

Penmen Earn First Win, Defeat Post 23-7

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Eight different members of the Southern New Hampshire women's lacrosse team scored in a 23-7 non-conference victory over Post University Tuesday afternoon on Larkin Field. The Penmen earned their first win of the season, and are now 1-3, while Post is 0-2.

Emily King (Florence, Mass.) upped her season goal total to 13, leading the Penmen with six goals, and also recording an assist. Lindsay Bucknam (Bow, N.H.), Alexa Allen (East Longmeadow, Mass.), and Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) each had four goals apiece, while Ellie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) scored two. Jenna Crupi (Albany, N.Y.), Phoebe Clark (Concord, N.H.), and Courtney Nivala (Westminster, Mass.) all recorded one goal in the win.

Allen put SNHU on the board early in the first half, when she notched her fourth goal of the season to give the Penmen a 1-0 lead. The hosts scored the next five goals, upping the lead to 6-0, but Miranda Polaski stopped the scoring with a goal for Post to make it 6-1. The teams then traded goals, while King scored for SNHU and Morgan Kanavy added another goal to the Eagles side, but Duggan, King, and Morin scored three consecutive times to go up 10-3 with 6:38 remaining in the first. The Eagles answered with a pair of tallies to cut the deficit to six, but rookie Nivala scored the last goal before the half to make it 11-4.

The second half was all Penmen as they outscored the Eagles 12-3.  Despite Post scoring the first goal of the half, SNHU scored three straight goals, including two more from King and a Clark tally. Kanavy broke up the scoring with her second goal of the game for the Eagles to make it 14-6, but the Penmen went on a nine-goal run to take their biggest lead of the game at 23-6. Post was able to get one more goal on the board with 24 seconds remaining, to bring its total to seven goals.

Maria Ploof (Middlebury, Vt.) earned her first win in net for SNHU with four saves, while Kathy Walker totaled 17 saves for the Eagles.

The Penmen return to action on Saturday, March 15 when they open up Northeast-10 Conference play at home against Southern Connecticut State University for a 1:00 p.m. game.

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