When and Where: April 17, 2018 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 22, Saint Michael's College 20
Records: SNHU 3-11 (2-8 NE10), Saint Michael's 0-12 (0-10 NE10)
Junior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) amassed the most points in a single game for a Penmen in exactly eight years to the day, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team rallied from a nine-goal deficit with less than 23 minutes remaining to post a 22-20 victory against Saint Michael's College on Tuesday afternoon at Penmen Stadium.
Wilder matched her career high with eight goals and set a new career best with four assists, as she fell one point shy of Sherry Darrell's single-game program record of 13 points. Darrell set the mark March 25, 2010 at Converse College and then matched it on April 17, 2010 against Southern Connecticut State University.
Senior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) matched her career high with eight points on five goals and three assists, while junior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) scored five goals. Senior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) added three tallies – all in a game-changing stretch late in the second half – and a helper for four points.
Looking at a 15-6 deficit with 22:50 to go, Wilder rattled off back-to-back free-position tallies to begin the long road back. After a Saint Michael's goal halted momentum, Wilder set up Bedell before Felt found the back of the net to make it 16-10 with under 20 minutes on the clock.
With the Purple Knights making it a seven-goal game at the 18:56 mark, Southern New Hampshire responded with three straight, including a pair from Felt, to trim the deficit to 17-13 with 15:05 left. Saint Michael's then put away two of the next three to bump its lead to five approaching the 10-minute mark, but the Penmen would take over and score eight straight to open a 22-19 lead with 1:28 to go. Bedell had a hand in four of the goals, scoring twice and dishing a pair of assists, while Daziel potted three goals and Wilder added two. Bedell's free-position strike tied it with 5:14 to play, while Wilder's unassisted tally at 4:51 gave SNHU the lead for good.
Alex Vincent and Ashley Dineen each scored seven times for Saint Michael's.
After falling behind, 1-0, just over five minutes into the contest, Wilder tied it at the 21:03 mark and then set up Bedell a half-minute later to give Southern New Hampshire its first lead of the contest at 2-1. The Purple Knights evened the score at the 19:40 mark before Bedell returned the favor to Wilder to put the Penmen back in front, 3-2, with 18:25 remaining in the opening half.
The teams would then trade goals and SNHU would hold a 4-3 advantage with under 13 minutes to go when Saint Michael's scored seven straight – with four coming from Vincent – to open a 10-4 lead with under five minutes on the clock. Wilder would cap the scoring at the 3:44 mark to make it 10-5 at the break.
The Purple Knights scored five of the first six goals of the second half to open up a 15-6 lead with 22:50 remaining.
- The Penmen snap a five-game losing skid with the win.
- Junior goalkeeper Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) made six saves over the opening 33:31 of the contest, while sophomore Alex Comeau (Haverhill, Mass.) earned the first win of her career by turning away five of the 13 shots that came her way in the final 26:29. Victoria Putnam corralled eight shots over the first 44:09 for Saint Michael's, who then saw Alexis Bower and Lucy Chin each stop one of six shots in 7:54 and 7:57, respectively.
- Southern New Hampshire held a 41-39 edge in shots, including 23-19 in the second half, and also owned a 24-20 advantage in draw controls.
- The Penmen were 8-for-12 on their free-position opportunities, while the Purple Knights went 4-for-10.
- Bedell's eight points move her past Darrell (2008-10) and into third place on the all-time scoring list with 216 points.
- Wilder's eight goals give her 173 for her career and leapfrogged her over Libby Parent (2006-09) into second place on the program list. With the 12 points, she also became the sixth Penmen to ever reach the 200-point plateau for a career, joining Bedell, who recorded her 200th career point at the University of New Haven on April 11.
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, April 21 (1 p.m.) when they take on Pace University. The next home game for SNHU is Wednesday, April 25 (7 p.m.) when it plays host to American International College on Senior Night at Penmen Stadium.
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