When and Where: April 11, 2018 – West Haven, Conn. (Kathy Zolad Stadium)
Score: University of New Haven 24, Southern New Hampshire University 14
Records: UNH 7-5 (4-4 NE10), SNHU 2-10 (1-7 NE10)
Senior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) each reached a season high in points with seven and six, respectively, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team was beaten by the 19th-ranked University of New Haven, 24-14, Wednesday at Kathy Zolad Stadium.
Bedell scored four times and handed out three assists, while Wilder potted five goals for the second consecutive contest, in addition to dishing a helper. Sophomore Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) also got in on the action with five tallies.
A Bedell free-position goal 2:13 in put the Penmen up 1-0 before a goal from Wilder snapped a tie to keep SNH in front, 2-1, with 25:41 remaining. Harrington then broke draws of 2-2 and 3-3 to eventually give Southern New Hampshire a 4-3 advantage with 22:00 to go. After two goals from New Haven leapfrogged it into the lead, Bedell's second of the day forged a 5-5 tie with 17:09 to play in the opening half.
It was mostly all New Haven until the break, as it found the back of the net five straight times to go on top, 10-5, with under 10 minutes on the clock. Bedell strikes on assists from Wilder and classmate Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) would pull the Penmen within 11-7 at the 6:55 mark, but a pair from Jessica Mazliah made it a four-goal game less than two minutes later. New Haven answered tallies from Wilder and Harrington with a pair of its own in the final 32 seconds to bring a 15-9 lead into the break.
New Haven opened up the second half with six of the first eight goals to seize a 21-11 advantage with 18:43 remaining. SNHU answered with three straight, as a pair of Harrington markers sandwiched a Wilder goal, to trim the gap to 21-14 with 13:34 to play. The Penmen would not score again, however, with the Chargers potting three more to win by 10.
- The Penmen lose for the eighth time in nine games.
- Nine of the 12 opponents SNHU has faced this season have been nationally ranked.
- In her first career start, sophomore Alex Comeau (Haverhill, Mass.) made six saves in the opening 30 minutes of play. Junior goalkeeper Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) turned aside seven of the 16 shots she faced in the second half. Erica Rinsky made 11 stops for New Haven.
- New Haven outshot Southern New Hampshire, 46-31, including 26-16 in the opening stanza, and also held a 22-18 edge in draw controls.
- The Chargers were 5-for-8 on their free-position opportunities, while the Penmen went just 3-for-11.
The Penmen are back in action Friday, April 13 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Southern Connecticut State University at Penmen Stadium.
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