#21 Merrimack Doubles-Up Women’s Lacrosse, 14-7

BOX SCORE

When and Where: March 20, 2018 – No. Andover, Mass. (Merrimack Stadium)
Score:
Merrimack College 14, Southern New Hampshire University 7
Records: Merrimack 4-3 (2-2 NE10), SNHU 1-6 (0-3 NE10)

Senior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) registered three goals and an assist for a team-high four points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team was doubled-up by 21st-ranked Merrimack College on Wednesday afternoon at Merrimack Stadium.

Senior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) scored a pair of goals, with junior Mary Beth Sweeney (Foxborough, Mass.) equaling her two points with a pair of assists.

Merrimack held a 2-0 lead when Southern New Hampshire lit up the scoreboard for the first time at the 16:19 mark, with Sweeney finding Daziel to halve the Penmen deficit at 2-1. After the Warriors grabbed their two-goal lead back, Sweeney then set up Bedell with 14:01 remaining, before Bedell found the back of the net again 1:14 later to knot the game at 3-all.

Merrimack would move out to a 5-3 lead with less than nine minutes to play in the half, but junior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) would score off a feed from Bedell to make it a one-goal game. Amber Feminella's fourth and fifth strikes of the opening stanza sandwiched a goal from sophomore Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) to send the Warriors to the break with a 7-5 advantage.

Daziel and Bedell would answer goals from Bridget Schofield to begin the second half and keep it a two-goal contest at 9-7 nearly seven minutes in, but Merrimack would keep the Penmen off the scoreboard for the final 23:05 and find the back of the net five times itself to pull away.

Notes:             
- The Penmen, who have dropped four straight, have had six of the seven games on their schedule this season come against opponents that are nationally-ranked.
- Junior goalkeeper Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) made 10 saves, while Merrimack's Tammy Nguyen turned aside two shots in the opening half, with Lauren Trepaney stopping two of four in the second stanza.
- Merrimack outshot Southern New Hampshire, 30-22, while SNHU held a 12-11 edge in draw controls.
- The Warriors were 3-for-9 on their free-position chances, while the Penmen were just 1-for-5.

Up Next:        
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, March 24 (12 p.m.) when they play host to Franklin Pierce University at Penmen Stadium.

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