When and Where: March 29, 2017 – Manchester, N.Y. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 17, Merrimack College 14
Records: SNHU 5-3 (2-2 NE10), Merrimack 3-5 (1-3 NE10)
Junior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) scored a career-high five goals and senior Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) added four, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team recorded a 17-14 win against Merrimack College on Wednesday afternoon at Larkin Field.
The Penmen jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 3:16 of the game on goals by junior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.), sophomore Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) and Duggan before sophomore Marisa McLaughlin (New Milford, Conn.) and Daziel added free-position tallies to expand the lead to 5-1 with 23:26 remaining in the opening half.
Merrimack responded by scoring five of the next six goals to knot the game at 6-all with 11:06 to play before goals from Wilder and Harrington gave Southern New Hampshire an 8-6 cushion with 3:40 on the clock. The Warriors answered back with two strikes of their own, including one with 14 seconds left, to send the game to the half, tied at eight.
Daziel put the Penmen up, 9-8, with a free-position goal 2:59 into the second half before Annette Ruggiero followed suit just 43 seconds later to knot it back up. Duggan scored 1:03 later at the 25:15 mark to give SNHU the lead for good. Daziel followed with goals just 25 seconds apart to widen the Penmen lead to 12-9 with 20:55 remaining.
After Hunter McCarthy made it a two-goal game for Merrimack, Harrington and Felt found the back of the net 21 seconds apart to nudge the Southern New Hampshire advantage to four at 14-10 with 18:10 to go. Another tally kept the Warriors in it before Duggan and Felt gave the Penmen their largest lead of the afternoon at 16-11 with 12:35 to play.
Merrimack then scored three straight to slash its deficit to 16-14 with 8:39 left, but would never find the scoreboard again. Daziel capped the scoring with an unassisted tally at the 2:38 mark.
- SNHU had lost three of four, including two straight, entering the day.
- Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made seven saves, while Lauren Trepaney turned aside five of the 18 shots she faced over the opening 41:39. Alexa Petzold registered five stops in the final 18:21 for the Warriors.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Merrimack, 34-25, including 19-11 in the second half, and also held an 18-12 advantage in draw controls.
- The Penmen went 4-for-13 on their free-positions attempts, while the Warriors were an efficient 4-for-6.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, April 1 (1 p.m.) when they play host to top-ranked Adelphi University at Larkin.
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