WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team fell to No. 4 New Haven by a score of 17-12 in Northeast-10 Conference action Saturday afternoon. The Penmen are now 4-11 overall and 2-8 in the conference, while the Chargers improve to 13-1 overall and 9-1 in league play.
Lindsay Bucknam (Bow, N.H.) led the Penmen offense with six points, including three goals and three assists. Emily King (Florence, Mass.) also totaled three goals for SNHU, while Ellie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) had three goals and an assist. Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) also added two goals for the Penmen.
The Penmen took an early lead in the first half as Bucknam scored just 27 seconds into the game to go up 1-0. The Chargers answered with back-to-back scores to take the lead, but SNHU scored three straight, including two from King and another Bucknam goal to regain the lead at 4-2. The teams then traded goals, as the Penmen went up 5-3 at the 19:39 mark, but after a pair of New Haven tallies to tie the game, the hosts began to pull away. Morin broke up a six-goal run by the Chargers with a goal at the 16:10 mark to go up 6-5, but a 6-1 New Haven run to end the half put the visitors behind 7-11 to end the first frame.
The Chargers scored the first three goals of the second half to take their biggest lead at 14-7. However, the Penmen outscored New Haven for the remainder of the half 5-3. Duggan scored from Morin at the 23:19 mark to chip away at the lead, and a team goal just two minutes later brought SNHU within five. However, New Haven scored two more times in a row to regain the seven goal lead. Morin and Duggan answered with back-to-back tallies to try and make one more push for a comeback at the 16:53 mark, but another Chargers' goal at 13:07 secured the win. The Penmen were held scoreless for the next 12 minutes until Morin scored her third goal of the game with 1:11 left to play, but it was too late as the Chargers had built a large enough lead.
Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) had one save in a losing effort for the Penmen in net, while Marissa McDermott got the win for the Chargers in goal with eight saves.
The Penmen will return home on Tuesday, April 22 for a conference game against Franklin Pierce at 7:00 p.m. on Larkin Field.
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