When and Where: April 26, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: University of New Haven 13, Southern New Hampshire University 10
Records: New Haven 12-3 (10-2 NE10), SNHU 7-9 (4-8 NE10)
Junior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) registered four points, while senior Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) each scored three goals, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team fell victim to a second-half rally by the 10th-ranked University of New Haven in a 13-10 loss on a damp Wednesday afternoon at Larkin Field on Senior Day.
Bedell scored twice and added a pair of assists, while Duggan scored her 100th career goal.
After both teams felt each other out, patiently working the ball around for the first seven-and-a-half minutes of the contest, that patience paid off for the Penmen, who scored the game's first goal on a free-position tally from Bedell at the 22:32 mark. SNHU then doubled its lead at 20:06 as freshman Stephanie Barr (Lowell, Mass.) found crashing classmate Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.), who buried her shot to make it 2-0.
New Haven scored back-to-back goals just 18 seconds apart to even the score with 18:55 remaining in the opening half, but Bedell set up a Duggan goal just 2:03 later to give Southern New Hampshire a 3-2 lead. Bedell's second of the game gave SNHU some insurance before Wilder notched a free-position goal with just 51 ticks on the clock to send the Penmen to the half with a 5-2 advantage.
New Haven stormed out of the break with five straight goals, including three from Jessica Mazliah, over the opening 3:12 to grab its first lead of the game at 7-5. Harrington then made it a one-goal game before Duggan's milestone marker tied it and a Wilder-from-Bedell tally put the Penmen back in front, 8-7, with 18:55 to play.
Wilder answered Mazliah's fourth of the half with a goal off Barr's second assist to keep SNHU in front, 9-8, with 15:56 remaining, but Caitlin O'Brien would score two straight before Kendall Cietek potted three-in-a-row to give the Chargers their largest lead of the day at 13-9. Duggan capped the scoring with 1:54 remaining.
- The Penmen have lost five of six, with three of those losses coming by a single goal.
- Southern New Hampshire is still alive in the hunt for a Northeast-10 Championship berth and can get in with a win Saturday against Southern Connecticut State University, coupled with an Assumption College loss to Saint Anselm College later Wednesday, a Franklin Pierce University loss at Le Moyne College on Saturday and a Saint Anselm loss to Adelphi University on Saturday.
- Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made 12 saves, while Erica Rinsky turned aside five shots.
- Duggan became the 11th member of the program to reach the 100-goal plateau.
- New Haven outshot Southern New Hampshire, 35-20, including 20-12 in the second stanza, in addition to holding a 17-8 advantage in draw controls, including 11-6 in the final half.
- The Penmen were 3-for-7 on their free-position attempts, while the Chargers went an efficient 4-for-5.
- Seniors Duggan, Kennedy, Ellen Decker (Foxborough, Mass.), Molly King (Florence, Mass.), Abby Hyson (So. Berwick, Maine), Hannah Ferguson (So. Berwick, Maine) and Maggie McGovern (Hooksett, N.H.) were all honored in a ceremony prior to playing in their final home game at Larkin Field.
The Penmen wrap up their regular season Saturday, April 29 (12 p.m.) when they take on Southern Connecticut.
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