When and Where: April 20, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)
Score: Pace University 19, Southern New Hampshire University 9
Records: Pace 9-6 (7-4 NE10), SNHU 6-9 (3-8 NE10)
Seniors Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) scored five times Saturday, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team was tripped up by 19th-ranked Pace University, 19-9, at Penmen Stadium.
- Wilder's five goals matched Pace's Emma Rafferty for the most in the game.
- Junior Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) was the only other Penmen with multiple points, tallying a goal and an assist.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Pace scored the game's first seven goals over the opening 10:04, before Harrington, Wilder and senior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) put three of the next four on the board to trim Southern New Hampshire's deficit to 8-3 with 13:33 remaining in the first half. Pace then scored four of the next five to pull away at 12-4 with 5:38 on the clock, but Wilder halted the stretch, before freshman Erin Gorton (Kennebunk, Maine) found senior Mary Beth Sweeney (Foxborough, Mass.) on a pretty cut-and-feed to get the Penmen within 12-6 at the 3:04 mark. The Setters would score inside the final minute to go to the break with a 13-6 advantage.
- Pace opened the second half with six straight strikes to balloon its lead to 19-6 with 7:30 remaining. Wilder scored three times over the final 5:08 to cap the scoring.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Freshman Kelsey Long (Woburn, Mass.) also scored a goal for the Penmen.
- Freshman Hayle Ashford (Atkinson, N.H.) stopped four of the 10 shots that came her way over the opening 9:26, while senior Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) turned aside 11 of 24 bids in the final 50:34. Pace's Sienna Masullo made seven saves.
- Pace outshot Southern New Hampshire, 46-20, including 20-8 after halftime.
- The Setters also owned a 23-7 margin in draw controls.
- Pace went 6-for-17 on its free-position attempts, while SNHU was 1-for-5.
- Southern New Hampshire has its two-game winning streak snapped, while Pace extends its hot streak to five games.
- Wilder, SNHU's all-time leading goal and point scorer, extended her career marks to 240 goals and 282 points. She has 18 goals over her last three games.
- Felt's goal was the 112th of her career.
- Harrington, who now has 81 career goals, moved past Laura Rotolo (105) for 17th place on the program's all-time points list with 106.
- Sweeney now has 16 career goals.
- The Penmen return to action Wednesday, April 24 (6 p.m.) when they take on American International College.
- SNHU wraps the regular season Saturday, April 27 (1 p.m.) when it plays host to Bentley University on Senior Day at Penmen Stadium.
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