When and Where: February 24, 2018 – Brookville, N.Y. (Bethpage Stadium)
Score: Long Island University-LIU Post 16, Southern New Hampshire University 7
Records: LIU Post 1-0, SNHU 0-1
Junior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) recorded a team-high five points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team suffered a 16-7 loss to fourth-ranked Long Island University-LIU Post on Saturday in its season opener at Bethpage Stadium.
Felt matched her career high with four goals and dished an assist. Sophomore Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) posted two goals and a helper for three points, while senior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) matched that output with a trio of assists.
Four different Pioneers scored to stake LIU Post to a 4-0 lead over the opening eight-and-a-half minutes of the contest before Felt fed Harrington for Southern New Hampshire's first goal of 2018 at the 17:38 mark. Brianna Feldman, Paige Sherlock and Trish Brisotti then each scored their second goals of the game during a run that stretched the advantage to 8-1 with 9:32 remaining in the first half.
Felt scored two of the final three goals of the frame, including one with less than a minute to play that was set up by Harrington and trimmed the SNHU halftime deficit to 9-3.
Southern New Hampshire continued to put pressure on the Pioneers to begin the second half, as Bedell handed out assists to Felt, Harrington and senior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) to slash the gap to 9-6 with 22:19 left to go in the contest.
LIU Post responded in a big way, however, capping the scoring with seven of the final eight goals, including Nos. three and four of the game for Feldman and Sherlock, to make it 16-7 with under a minute remaining.
- The Penmen drop their season opener for the first time since 2014.
- Junior goalkeeper Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) made a career-high 13 saves, while Olivia Kirk turned aside 16 shots for LIU Post.
- LIU Post outshot Southern New Hampshire, 40-32, including 21-14 in the second stanza, while SNHU held a 13-12 edge in draw controls.
- The Penmen came up empty on three free-position attempts, with the Pioneers going just 1-for-5.
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