#15 NYIT Too Much for Women’s Lacrosse in Second Half


When and Where: March 23, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
New York Institute of Technology 14, Southern New Hampshire University 7
Records: NYIT 7-1, SNHU 4-2

Senior Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) potted a pair of goals, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team lost a tough non-conference matchup to the 15th-ranked New York Institute of Technology, 14-7, Thursday afternoon at Larkin Field.

Sophomore Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) and junior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) also tallied two points apiece with a goal and an assist, and a pair of helpers, respectively.

Things began well for Southern New Hampshire as junior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) buried a free-position attempt just 31 seconds into the game, before Duggan's unassisted tally at the 25:30 mark doubled the Penmen lead to 2-0. After Katie Meinecke broke the ice for the Bears with 22:10 remaining in the opening half, freshman Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) answered just over two minutes later to maintain the two-goal cushion for SNHU at 3-1.

NYIT scored two straight, with Meinecke tying the game at three with 15:22 on the clock. Duggan put the Penmen back in front at 4-3 off a feed from Bedell with 14:57 to go, but it would be their final lead of the day as three goals from Karie Znaniecki powered a 4-0 stretch that opened a 7-4 lead for the visitors with 3:49 remaining.

Sophomore Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) received a pass from Wilder and found the back of the net at the 2:44 mark, but the Bears closed the scoring with 1:21 left to take an 8-5 advantage to the break.

Wilder answered an early second-half goal from NYIT with a tally of her own off a Bedell feed to keep it a three-goal game, but the Bears scored five straight – with Znaniecki putting away three of them – to open a commanding 14-6 lead with 1:25 to go.

Sophomore Marisa McLaughlin (New Milford, Conn.) found the back of the net with 15 seconds on the clock to cap the scoring.

- Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made 11 saves for the Penmen, while Lauren Young stopped five shots for the Bears.
- NYIT outshot Southern New Hampshire, 34-21, including 20-12 in the opening half. SNHU held a 14-9 advantage in draw controls, including 10-4 in the first stanza.
- The Penmen went 2-for-8 on their free-positions attempts, while the Bears were an efficient 3-for-4.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, March 25 (11 a.m.) when they take on Le Moyne College. The next home game for SNHU is Wednesday, April 29 (4 p.m.) when it plays host to Merrimack College.

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