When and Where: October 28, 2017 – New Haven, Conn. (Jess Dow Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 7, Southern Connecticut State University 0
Records: SNHU 8-9 (4-8 Northeast-10), SCSU 2-16 (0-12 Northeast-10)
Senior Erin Frost (East Andover, N.H.) and junior Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) each tallied four points, and the Southern New Hampshire University defense did not allow a shot on goal Saturday, as the Penmen field hockey team closed out its 2017 campaign with a 7-0 victory over Southern Connecticut State University.
Frost registered a goal and a pair of assists in her final career game, while Holt scored twice in the triumph. Graduate student Ashley Abad (Bedford, N.H.) also turned in a multi-point effort in the season finale after finding the back of the cage and adding a helper.
Frost opened the game's scoring just over 15 minutes into the first on her seventh of the year, before sophomore Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) became the first Penmen field hockey player to reach double-digit goals in a single season with 2:03 left in the opening stanza. van der Doorn received a crossing pass, and after her initial attempt was denied, she corralled the rebound and punched it through the left side to give Southern New Hampshire a 2-0 edge at the half.
The Penmen erupted for five goals over the final 35 minutes to put the game away. After Holt pushed the lead to three at 9:22 of the second, Abad deposited her second of the year just 22 seconds later to make it 4-0. The two linked up for the third goal of the frame in the 52nd minute, as Abad slid a feed to Holt in the right side of the circle and she knocked it home. Junior Lindsey Poirier (South Berwick, Maine) extended the Southern New Hampshire advantage to six with help from Frost and redshirt sophomore Katelin Oberlander (West Yarmouth, Mass.) in the 55th minute. Sophomore Alison Hildreth (Hampton, N.H.) provided the final margin of victory when she cashed in a setup from Frost with 5:20 left to play.
- Saturday marked the final career games for Abad, Frost, Mikaela Gauvain (Salem, N.H.), Alexis Soucy (Windsor, Maine) and Amaris Taylor (Tulsa, Okla.).
- van der Doorn became the first 20-point scorer in Penmen field hockey history with her goal in the first half. She closes out her sophomore season with 24 points on 10 goals and four assists.
- Holt also eclipsed the 20-point plateau Saturday, as her two second-half goals gave her nine goals for the season, which coupled with three assists totals 21 points.
- Taylor will graduate as the program's all-time points leader with 44 points. She holds the school record for goals with 16 and assists with 12.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Southern Connecticut, 42-3, on the afternoon, which included a 30-0 edge in shots on goal. The Penmen worked 16 penalty corners in the contest and yielded just one.
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