When and Where: March 22, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Saint Anselm College 16, Southern New Hampshire University 8
Records: Saint Anselm 2-1 (1-1 Northeast-10), SNHU 5-2 (2-2 Northeast-10)
Sophomore Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) scored three times, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 16-8 loss to crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College on Tuesday evening in a Queen City Cup matchup at Larkin Field.
In addition to Bedell's three-goal performance, freshman Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) scored twice, while senior Alexa Allen (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) each recorded a goal and an assist.
Caitlin Villareal scored twice in the first 3:21 of the contest to spark a 5-1 run that spanned the opening 11:04 for Saint Anselm. Bedell, who had already scored the lone Southern New Hampshire goal, struck two more times 1:20 apart to trim the deficit to a pair, but Molly Beck closed the first-half scoring at the 9:12 mark to send the Hawks to the break with a 6-3 advantage.
Villareal kicked off the second-half scoring off a feed from Marta Versprille just 1:24 in and then returned the favor to Versprille 1:38 later to push the lead to 8-3. Duggan scored on a free-position shot at the 25:38 mark, but Saint Anselm would pot five of the next six goals – with Villareal scoring twice and handing out an assist – to stretch the lead to 13-5 with 13:52 remaining.
Junior Ellen Decker (Foxborough, Mass.) would stop the bleeding with a free-position tally at the 10:36 mark, but goals from Villareal and Erin Marshall would nudge the lead to 15-6 with 4:50 to play. Allen would set up Wilder at 3:40 and score one of her own with 17 seconds left to close the scoring.
-At 5-2, the Penmen are off to their best seven-game start since 2007.
-Both SNHU and Saint Anselm are receiving votes in the latest IWLCA Division II Poll.
- Junior goalkeeper Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made two saves in 51:09 of action, while freshman Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) allowed two goals in the 8:51 of work she received.
-Jane Bunn stopped 9 of 17 shots for Saint Anselm, while Villareal notched a career-best nine points (6g, 3a).
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Saint Anselm, 25-24, including 17-13 in the second half. Draw controls were even at 11 apiece.
-Wilder leads the Northeast-10 in both goals (32) and points (35), while Allen is second in the league in assists (18). Kennedy is leading the conference with 69 saves and ranks second in save percentage (.519).
-Despite the loss, Southern New Hampshire holds a 20-10 lead in the 2015-16 Queen City Cup standings.
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, March 26 (1 p.m.) when they play host to Le Moyne College at Larkin.
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