When and Where: April 4, 2017 – Colchester, Vt. (Duggy Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 16, Saint Michael's College 5
Records: SNHU 6-4 (3-3 NE10), Saint Michael's 1-6 (0-6 NE10)
Junior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) registered seven points to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team to a 16-5 victory against Saint Michael's College on Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Field.
Bedell scored three goals and dished four assists. Junior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) and sophomore Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) each recorded five points on four goals and an assist. Sophomore Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) added two goals and a helper for three points.
Bedell set up a Felt goal 2:24 in to give Southern New Hampshire an early lead. After Saint Michael's tied it just over a minute-and-a-half later, the duo connected again, this time with Felt feeding Bedell, to make it 2-1 with 22:13 remaining in the opening half.
The score stayed that way for the next eight minutes until the Purple Knights pulled even, but the Penmen responded by potting the final five goals of the stanza. Daziel scored twice, while Bedell also tallied a pair of markers and set up a goal from freshman Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.). SNHU brought a 7-2 advantage into the break.
Daziel scored the first two goals of the second half – one unassisted and the second off a Bedell pass – before Wilder found the back of the net for the first time in the game to stretch the Southern New Hampshire lead to 10-2 with 21:00 to go.
Saint Michael's halted the eight-goal run that spanned both halves, but the Penmen went right back to work as Felt struck off a Daziel feed before Wilder buried three straight in the back of the net to balloon the lead to 14-3 with 10:21 to go.
The Purple Knights scored two straight, but it was far too little and too late as Bedell picked up her fourth and final assist of the day off a goal by senior Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Marisa McLaughlin (New Milford, Conn.) closed the scoring with a marker that gave freshman Courtney Karelas (No. Andover, Mass.) her first collegiate assist and point.
- The Penmen have won two of three and are now tied for sixth in the NE10 standings.
- Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) stopped seven of the 10 shots she faced over the opening 50:15 of action, while sophomore Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) turned aside one Saint Michael's bid in the final 9:45. Kaitlyn Wurzer racked up 16 saves in the loss.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Saint Michael's, 37-19, including 18-9 in the second half, while also holding a 12-10 edge in draw controls.
- The Penmen went 5-for-10 on their free-positions attempts, while the Purple Knights were 2-for-6.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, April 8 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on Franklin Pierce University. The next home game for SNHU is Wednesday, April 12 (7 p.m.) when it plays host to Assumption College at Larkin.
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