When and Where: April 29, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern Connecticut State University 17, Southern New Hampshire University 16
Records: SCSU 4-12 (2-11 NE10), SNHU 7-10 (4-9 NE10)
Freshman Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) matched her career high with four goals, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team ended its season with a 17-16 loss at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday at Jess Dow Field.
The teams opened the game by twice alternating goals to tie the score at 2-2 with 21:16 remaining in the opening half. Felt and Bedell then found the back of the net 24 seconds apart before Harrington notched consecutive tallies to open up a 6-2 advantage for Southern New Hampshire with 16:28 to go.
After the Owls halted the run, the teams traded scores three times, with Bedell scoring twice for SNHU, to bring the halftime score to 9-6, in favor of the visitors.
The Penmen added to their lead to begin the second half as senior Molly King (Florence, Mass.) converted a free-position attempt 1:46 in to make it 10-6. Southern Connecticut answered back in a big way, however, as Samantha Cozzolino scored three times during a six-goal barrage that put the Owls out in front, 12-10, at the 16:40 mark.
Felt stopped the bleeding before senior Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) tied it and the second goal of the day for sophomore Marisa McLaughlin (New Milford, Conn.) gave the Penmen the lead back at 13-12 with 11:00 on the clock.
Southern Connecticut would not go away, scoring three straight to open a 15-13 advantage with under seven minutes remaining. Harrington and sophomore Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) scored 24 seconds apart to leave the game tied, 15-15, with 2:17 remaining, but the Owls snapped the deadlock just nine seconds later.
The Penmen were not done either, however, as Duggan buried a free-position shot to even the score at 16-all with 1:55 to go. Southern Connecticut would have the final say as just 19 seconds later Kennedy Sherman found the back of the net for what would be the game's final goal. SNHU would win the ensuing draw control, but turned it over and never saw the ball again.
- The Penmen end the season having lost six of seven, with four of those losses coming by a single goal.
- Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made 12 saves, while Alexandra Takacs turned aside 11 shots.
- Southern Connecticut outshot Southern New Hampshire, 38-35, while SNHU held an 18-17 edge in draw controls.
- The Penmen were 6-for-14 on their free-position attempts, while the Owls went 6-for-9.
- This marked the final career game for seniors King, Duggan, Kennedy, Ellen Decker (Foxborough, Mass.), Abby Hyson (So. Berwick, Maine), Hannah Ferguson (So. Berwick, Maine) and Maggie McGovern (Hooksett, N.H.).
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