When and Where: September 24, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: American International College 1, Southern New Hampshire University 0 (2OT)
Records: AIC 7-1 (3-0 NE-10), SNHU 2-5 (0-3 NE-10)
Sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) made a career-high 14 saves, but the Southern New Hampshire University field hockey team suffered a tough, 1-0 loss against ninth-ranked American International College on Saturday afternoon at Larkin Field.
After playing more than 92 minutes of scoreless hockey, American International ended the match in heartbreaking fashion for Southern New Hampshire as Emma Heroth sent a shot at Rennie from the middle of the circle that deflected off the goalkeeper's blocker and into the left side of the cage. Anna King began the sequence as she inserted the penalty corner from the left of the net to the top of the circle for Paris McGuckin, who delivered the pass to Heroth.
SNHU had its best opportunity to win the match during a little-more-than-60-second stretch in the first overtime. Sophomore Lindsey Poirier (So. Berwick, Maine) took the first crack at it late in the 75th minute as she maneuvered around aggressive AIC goalkeeper Taylor Ross and had an open cage, but the Yellow Jacket defense pushed Poirier out wide to the right and her shot from a tough angle rolled wide of the net.
The Penmen had an even better chance early in the 77th minute when an initial shot from sophomore Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) was saved by Ross before Poirier gathered the rebound and stared at a vacant right-half of the cage, but AIC defender Chelsea Davis appeared to come out of nowhere and snatched Poirier's would-be game-winning shot off the goal line.
The Yellow Jackets had a pair of opportunities in the minute prior that Rennie was able to snuff out. AIC worked a 2-on-0 with Taylor Ruscillo on the left and Enara Foncea on the right, but Rennie came out and made a great pad save on Foncea's shot. Rennie came up huge again just 30 seconds later when McGuckin put three successive shots on net, but the goalkeeper was up to the task each time.
Southern New Hampshire also had a chance in regulation when freshman Isabel Hoyt (Boscawen, N.H.) sent a shot toward the right post, but AIC defender Payton Montague made a defensive stick save. The rebound caromed out toward the top of the circle where freshman Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, Netherlands) delivered a blast on net that was turned away by Ross.
-American International outshot Southern New Hampshire, 24-8, including 14-2 in regulation, and also held a 19-7 advantage in penalty corners.
-Ross stopped all three shots she faced for the Yellow Jackets.
The Penmen return to action Sunday, Sept. 25 (2 p.m.) when they play host to Saint Thomas Aquinas College at Larkin.
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