Men's Lacrosse Gets First Win, Downs Pace 11-10

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Eight members of the Southern New Hampshire University men's lacrosse team recorded a point in an 11-10 win over Pace University Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Penmen are now 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the league, while the Setters are 1-2 and 0-2 in conference play.

Cameron Joyce (Braintree, Mass.) led all scorers with five points, including three goals and two assists, while Cory Allen (Suffield, Conn.) also notched three goals for SNHU. Phil LaTorre (Londonderry, N.H.) and Rob Murray (Marblehead, Mass.) each recorded a pair of goals and a pair of assists, while Crosby Nicholson (Andover, Mass.), Devin Conley (Amherst, Mass.), Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, Mass.), and Keifer Heckman (Peabody, Mass.) all added a point for the Penmen.

The first quarter was all SNHU as Joyce scored back-to-back goals to take a 2-0 lead, and Allen followed with a pair of goals to up the Penmen lead to 4-0 going into the second.

Pace answered in the second quarter, scoring six unanswered goals, including three man-up advantages. SNHU was unable to find the net in the frame, and went into halftime with a two-goal deficit.

The Penmen came out in the third quarter with three straight goals to regain the lead. Buckley scored from LaTorre just 28 seconds in, and then Allen followed with the equalizer, and his third goal of the game on a man-up opportunity to tie it at 6-6. Murray then took the lead with his first goal of the game at the 10:00 mark, and after a Pace goal to tie it back up, Murray scored again with 1:53 remaining to take an 8-7 lead into the final quarter.

Joyce notched his third goal of the game at the 12:29 mark in the fourth to take a two-goal advantage, but the Setters answered with back-to-back goals to tie the game up at 9-9 with 11:38 left to play. The game did not stay knotted up for long as LaTorre scored from Conley just 35 seconds later to go up 10-9. However, Pace did not go away, and tied it up once more at the 5:11 mark. With 3:34 left in regulation, LaTorre scored his second goal of the game from Joyce to lift SNHU past the Setters 11-10.

Morgan Weireter (Oak Park, Calif.) played a complete game in net for the Penmen and turned away 18 shots en route to the win, including eight in the fourth quarter.

The Penmen return to action Wednesday, March 26 when they travel to Saint Michael's for a 3:00 p.m. league game.

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