MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire women's lacrosse team fell to Saint Anselm by a score of 15-8 in Northeast-10 Conference play Tuesday evening on Larkin Field. The Penmen fall to 2-9 overall and 1-6 in league play, while the Hawks improve to 9-1 and 6-1 in the conference.
Emily King (Florence, Mass.) led the Penmen offense with two goals, while Lindsay Bucknam (Bow, N.H.) added a score and an assist. Jenna Crupi (Albany, N.Y.), Alexa Allen (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Phoebe Clark (Concord, N.H.), Ellie Morin (Scarborough, Maine), and Taylor Graf (Hanover, Mass.) each scored a goal for SNHU.
Marissa Daly led the Hawks with six goals, while Caitlin Villareal had three goals and two assists, and Michelle Kudlate had a pair of goals and assists for Saint Anselm.
The Hawks got off to an early lead at the 27:30 mark in the first half when Kaitlyn Stazinski scored. But not long after, King scored her first goal of the game for the Penmen to tie it up at 1-1. The teams traded the next four goals with Bucknam and Allen scoring for SNHU to keep the game tied at 3-3 with 18:15 to go in the half. However, Saint Anselm scored the next three goals to go up 6-3, its biggest lead of the half. The Penmen answered when Clark scored with 6:16 left to play to cut the lead to 6-4, but Daly notched her third goal of the half with 3:35 left to go regain the three-goal lead going into halftime.
The Hawks scored the first goal of the second half 5:50 in, and King answered with her second goal of the game just three minutes later to cut the lead to 8-5. Saint Anselm then went on a run, scoring the next five goals, and holding the Penmen scoreless until under the five-minute mark. The hosts finally put one in at 3:40 when Morin scored from Bucknam, but at that point the Hawks had built a large enough lead, and it was too late for a comeback. Crupi and Graf closed out the scoring in the second half for SNHU. Crupi scored with 2:43 remaining, and Graf notched her first collegiate goal with 48 seconds left in the game. Daly upped the lead to 15-8 to close out the game with 33 seconds to play.
Maria Ploof (Middlebury, Vt.) had nine saves in net for the Penmen, while Jane Bunn stopped 19 Southern New Hampshire shots for Saint Anselm.
The Penmen return to action on Thursday, April 10 when they host Saint Michael's for a league game at 4:00 p.m.
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