Big Second-Half Run Leads Women’s Lacrosse Past American Int’l, 21-14

BOX SCORE

When and Where: April 25, 2018 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)
Score:
 Southern New Hampshire University 21, American International College 14
Records: SNHU 4-12 (3-9 NE10), AIC 3-14 (0-13 NE10)

Junior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) registered nine points, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team posted a 21-14 victory over American International College on Wednesday night, as the Penmen celebrated their three seniors in their home finale at Penmen Stadium.

Wilder scored seven goals and dished a pair of assists. Junior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) tallied a career-best seven points on three goals and a career-high four assists, with senior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) collecting six points on four goals and a pair of helpers.

After falling behind just over a minute-and-a-half into the contest, Southern New Hampshire tied it over a minute later on a Bedell free-position strike and then grabbed the lead at the 25:36 mark on another free-position tally from junior Marisa McLaughlin (New Milford, Conn.).

After the Yellow Jackets tied it just 11 seconds later, goals from senior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) and Felt put the Penmen in front, 4-2, with 24:46 remaining in the opening half.

AIC would respond with five straight, including a pair from Lauren Witherspoon, to open up a 7-4 advantage at the 10:25 mark, but sophomore Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) would spark a 6-1 run that gave the Penmen a 10-8 edge with 45 seconds on the clock. Wilder would contribute three goals and an assist during the stretch, with Felt scoring a goal and dishing a trio of assists.

Witherspoon would find the back of the net with five ticks left to cut the AIC deficit in half at 10-9 going to the break.

The Yellow Jackets would score the first two goals of the second half to jump in front, 11-10, less than a minute in, but three straight from the Penmen would give them the lead for good at 13-11 with 19:32 to play.

AIC would close within one more than 90 seconds later, but SNHU put it away with seven straight to balloon the lead to 20-12 with 10:11 remaining. Wilder scored four goals during the stretch, including the final three, while freshman Luci Albers (Eliot, Maine) contributed a goal and two assists. The Yellow Jackets would score two of the final three goals to cap the scoring.

Notes:
- The Penmen win for the second time in three games.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Comeau (Haverhill, Mass.) made a career-high 12 saves, while Chelsea Davis turned aside 11 shots for AIC.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot American Int'l, 46-35, including 26-15 in the second stanza, and also held a 22-14 advantage in draw controls, with a 14-6 margin in the first half.
- The Penmen were 6-for-12 on their free-position opportunities, while the Yellow Jackets went 4-for-13.
- Bedell, Daziel and junior Jenna Conroy (Londonderry, N.H.) were honored in a ceremony prior to the game.

Up Next:        
The Penmen wrap up their season Saturday, April 28 (12 p.m.) when they take on Bentley University.

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