Women’s Lax Comes Out on Top in 18-14 Slugfest with Franklin Pierce


When and Where: March 24, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)
Southern New Hampshire University 18, Franklin Pierce University 14
Records: SNHU 2-6 (1-3 NE10), FPU 2-4 (0-4 NE10)

Senior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) notched six points and junior goalkeeper Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) made a career-high 18 saves to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team to an 18-14 victory against Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon at Penmen Stadium.

Bedell scored a season-high five goals and dished an assist to match her season best in points. Junior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) and sophomore Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) each recorded five points on four goals and an assist.

After Caitlin Sweeney opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the first 50 seconds, Southern New Hampshire responded with seven straight, including two each from Bedell and Felt, to seize a 7-2 advantage with 20:35 remaining. Franklin Pierce responded with four-in-a-row – with three coming from Sweeney – to pull within one at 7-6 with 8:21 on the clock.

Felt then scored a free-position goal and set up a strike from Harrington to extend the SNHU lead to 9-6 with 5:19 to go. Franklin Pierce found the back of net just 16 seconds later to begin a stretch of three of the next four goals to trim the deficit to 10-9, but freshman Luci Albers (Eliot, Maine) scored the first goal of her career with 28 seconds left to send the Penmen to halftime with an 11-9 advantage.

The Ravens again made it a one-goal game 23 seconds in before junior Jackie Richardson (Tyngsborough, Mass.) tallied her first goal of the year and classmate Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) scored her second of the game to make it 13-10 less than six minutes in. Franklin Pierce scored two straight to again cut the gap to a single goal with 23:39 to play, but Bedell answered with back-to-back strikes to stretch the Penmen lead to 15-12 at the 17:33 mark.

After Franklin Pierce claimed one back, Harrington set up Felt and then buried a free-position chance to make it a four-goal game at 17-13 with just under 12 minutes remaining. The teams would swap goals around the 6:30 mark to close the scoring.

- The Penmen snap a four-game skid with the victory.
- Olansky made 11 of her 18 saves in the second half, while Franklin Pierce's Madison Murray stopped 12 shots.
- Freshman Casey Johnson (Amherst, N.H.) recorded her first career point with an assist on a goal from senior Kennedy Daziel (E. Hampstead, N.H.) in the first half.
- Franklin Pierce outshot Southern New Hampshire, 45-34, including 22-14 in the second stanza, while SNHU held a 17-12 advantage in draw controls.
- The Penmen were 5-for-10 on their free-position opportunities, while the Ravens went 4-for-11.

Up Next:        
The Penmen are back in action Wednesday, March 28 (7 p.m.) when they play host to crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College in their first night game at Penmen Stadium.

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