When and Where: March 21, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Grappone Stadium)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 18, Saint Anselm College 9
Records: SNHU 4-1 (1-1 NE10), Saint Anselm 3-4 (1-2 NE10)
Junior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) racked up a game-high eight points to send the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team past crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College, 18-9, Tuesday evening at Grappone Stadium.
Bedell scored three goals and assisted on five others. Sophomore Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) potted a game-best six goals, while junior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) found the back of the net five times – all in the second half.
Meaghan Sheehy gave Saint Anselm an early 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest with the first of her five goals. The scored stayed that way until the 20:40 mark when Wilder struck for the first time to begin a run of five straight for the Penmen and the Hawks would never lead again. Wilder scored twice during the stretch, while Bedell tallied a goal and an assist. Sophomore Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) capped the stretch with a goal off an assist from senior Ellen Decker (Foxborough, Mass.) to make it 5-1 with 11:58 remaining in the opening half.
The Hawks responded as Sheehy scored twice during a four-goal run that knotted the game at 5-5 with 2:45 left before the break, but Wilder answered exactly one minute later to stake SNHU to a 6-5 advantage at halftime.
Saint Anselm tied it back up 57 seconds into the second half, but Daziel scored her first of the game at 26:25 to give Southern New Hampshire the lead for good before Bedell connected on a free-position shot just 50 seconds later to give the Penmen some insurance.
After Sheehy scored for the fourth time less than three minutes later, goals from Daziel, senior Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) and Wilder expanded the Penmen lead to 11-7 with 16:39 to play. Sheehy potted her final goal of the night with 10:17 left before Southern New Hampshire erupted for seven straight to seal the win. Daziel scored three times, with Wilder adding a pair. Bedell registered a goal and three helpers during the stretch. Daziel's final tally of the night with 1:51 on the clock ballooned the lead to 18-8 before the Hawks added one more with under a minute to go.
- Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made 12 saves for the Penmen, while Zoie Cavotta turned aside 10 shots, including eight in the first half, for the Hawks.
- SNHU outshot Saint Anselm, 34-30, in addition to holding a 16-13 edge in draw controls.
- The Penmen went 3-for-10 on their free-positions attempts, while the Hawks were just 1-for-4.
- The victory snaps a five-game losing streak against Saint Anselm. The previous win for SNHU in the series came March 29, 2011 in an 18-10 victory on the Hilltop, which would be the final triumph of a six-game winning streak against the Hawks.
- The win nets Southern New Hampshire two crucial Queen City Cup points and an 18-10 advantage in the battle for Manchester supremacy.
The Penmen return to action Thursday, March 23 (4 p.m.) when they play host to the New York Institute of Technology at Larkin Field.
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