Women’s Lacrosse Turned Back by Southern Connecticut, 21-19

BOX SCORE

When and Where: April 13, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)
Score:
 Southern Connecticut State University 21, Southern New Hampshire University 19
Records: SCSU 4-9 (3-6 NE10), SNHU 2-11 (1-8 NE10)

Junior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) buried a career-best eight goals, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team was edged by Southern Connecticut State University, 21-19, Friday afternoon at Penmen Stadium.

Wilder added an assist to match her career high with nine points. Senior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Mary Beth Sweeney (Foxborough, Mass.) each notched four points on two goals and two assists, while junior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) tallied a pair of markers and a helper.

Southern New Hampshire opened the scoring just 45 seconds in, as Sweeney set up Bedell. Wilder then struck on a free position before connecting on a pass to sophomore Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.), who made it 3-0 just 2:22 into the contest. After Southern Connecticut jumped on the board, senior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) found the back of the net and the Penmen held a 4-1 advantage with 25:21 remaining in the opening half.

The Owls responded by scoring four of the next five goals to even the game, 5-5, with 21:03 to go. Wilder, Daziel, Harrington and freshman Luci Albers (Eliot, Maine) matched the same feat to put the Penmen back in front, 9-6, with 13:05 to play, but Southern Connecticut capped the first-half scoring with six straight goals to bring a 12-9 lead into the break.

Wilder opened the second half with three straight to pull the Penmen even at 12-12 just 2:09 in, but the Owls would score six of the next eight to seize an 18-14 advantage with 16:34 left. SNHU answered with five of the next seven, including a pair from Wilder, to slash its deficit to 20-19 with 7:23 remaining, but Southern Connecticut would add an insurance goal with 3:01 on the clock and receive a pair of huge saves from goalkeeper Laura Morton in the final three minutes to keep the Penmen off the board.

Notes:
- The Penmen lose their fifth straight, while the Owls snap a four-game skid.
- In her second career start, sophomore Alex Comeau (Haverhill, Mass.) made six saves in the opening 25:46 minutes of play, while junior goalkeeper Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) also turned aside six bids in 34:14 of relief. Morton racked up 16 stops for the Owls.
- Southern Connecticut edged Southern New Hampshire in shots, 38-37, while SNHU held a 23-19 advantage in draw controls.
- The Penmen were 7-for-13 on their free-position opportunities, while the Owls went just 5-for-14.

Up Next:        
The Penmen are back in action Tuesday, April 17 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Saint Michael's College at Penmen Stadium.

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