When and Where: April 8, 2017 – Rindge, N.H. (Sodexo Field)
Score: Franklin Pierce University 15, Southern New Hampshire University 14
Records: FPU 5-4 (3-4 NE10), SNHU 6-5 (3-4 NE10)
Junior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) notched six points, including four in the second half, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team erased a six-goal deficit before coming up just short against Franklin Pierce University, 15-14, Saturday evening at Sodexo Field.
Bedell scored four goals and dished two assists. Fellow junior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) scored three times, while freshman Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) also recorded three points on two goals and an assist.
Franklin Pierce came out and put the Penmen on their heels, scoring six straight goals, including three from Caitlin Sweeney, over the opening 14:07 of the contest. A free-position goal from sophomore Marisa McLaughlin (New Milford, Conn.) put Southern New Hampshire on the board near the midway point of the stanza, but Sweeney scored her fourth to make it 7-1 in favor of the hosts with 10:59 remaining in the opening half.
Harrington and Bedell then scored 29 seconds apart to trim the SNHU deficit to 7-3 with 8:06 on the clock before sophomore Mary Beth Sweeney (Foxborough, Mass.) and Daziel scored goals that were separated by 1:09 to pull within 7-5 with 5:41 to play.
Sweeney potted her fifth of the half with 3:33 to go before Bedell buried a free-position chance 35 ticks later to close the scoring and send the Penmen to the break, trailing, 8-6.
Harrington set up Bedell to begin the second-half scoring just 5:01 in before scoring her own goal off a McLaughlin feed 17 seconds later to knot the game at 8-all. Sophomore Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) then struck twice in a span of 1:18 to extend the run to 9-1 and give Southern New Hampshire a 10-8 lead with 22:19 left.
The Ravens scored two of the next three goals before sophomore Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) and Daziel found the back of the net to give SNHU its largest lead of the night at 13-10 with 14:18 remaining.
Franklin Pierce responded with a 5-0 rush – bookended by a pair of Sweeney goals – to take a 15-13 lead with 1:29 to go. Daziel scored with 21 seconds on the clock to make it a one-goal game, but a turnover after the Penmen won the ensuing draw control sealed the win for the Ravens.
- Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) stopped three of the 10 shots she faced over the opening 23:07 of action, while sophomore Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) turned aside five shots over the final 36:53. Denise Hunt racked up 12 saves for the Ravens.
- Franklin Pierce narrowly outshot Southern New Hampshire, 28-27, including 17-12 in the first half, while SNHU held a 16-15 edge in draw controls.
- The Penmen went 5-for-8 on their free-positions attempts, while the Ravens were 3-for-7.
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, April 12 (7 p.m.) when they play host to Assumption College at Larkin Field.
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