When and Where: March 15, 2018 – Easton, Mass. (W.B. Mason Stadium)
Score: Stonehill College 16, Southern New Hampshire University 14
Records: Stonehill 3-1 (2-1 NE10), SNHU 1-4 (0-1 NE10)
Junior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) scored five goals, with senior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) assisting on three of them, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team opened Northeast-10 play Thursday with a 16-14 loss to 24th-ranked Stonehill College at W.B. Mason Stadium.
Bedell registered a team-high six points on two goals and four assists. Junior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) tallied four points on three goals and an assist, with senior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) scoring twice and collecting a helper for three points.
Sophomore Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) opened the scoring with a free-position goal nearly five minutes in, before Stonehill answered with a pair over the next 1:04. Felt tied it off an assist from junior Marisa McLaughlin (New Milford, Conn.) just 20 seconds later, but the Skyhawks scored three straight to open a 5-2 advantage with just under 18 minutes to go in the opening half.
SNHU responded in a big way, getting goals from McLaughlin, Felt and Wilder to forge a 5-5 tie with 8:50 remaining. Stonehill would score two of the final three goals of the half to take a 7-6 lead into the break.
Bedell would set up Wilder just 10 seconds in to draw the Penmen even at 7-7 and then scored a goal of her own just over three minutes later to force an 8-8 tie. Stonehill would respond by scoring six of the next seven, however, to open up a 14-9 advantage.
A pair of goals from Wilder and one from Daziel would make up a 3-1 run for the visitors that made it a three-goal game at 15-12 with 6:10 to play. Neither team would score for the next four-plus minutes until Taylor Shanahan scored her third of the contest for Stonehill to make it a four-goal game at the 1:37 mark.
Junior Mary Beth Sweeney (Foxborough, Mass.) would pick up her second assist of the night on a Daziel goal with 50 seconds left, while Bedell fed Wilder for the final time 22 seconds later to pull the Penmen within 16-14. Stonehill would win the ensuing draw control, however, and Southern New Hampshire never see the ball again.
- Junior goalkeeper Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) racked up a career-high 15 saves, while Bailey Grant turned aside nine shots for the Skyhawks.
- Stonehill outshot Southern New Hampshire, 43-28, including 25-12 in the second stanza, and held an 18-14 advantage in draw controls.
- The Skyhawks took advantage of 17 free-position chances by scoring on nine of them, while the Penmen were just 3-for-12 on their opportunities.
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, March 17 (12 p.m.) when battle second-ranked Adelphi University. The next home game for SNHU is Saturday, March 24 (12 p.m.) when it plays host to Franklin Pierce University at Penmen Stadium.
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