When and Where: April 15, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: No. 15 Southern New Hampshire University 15, Franklin Pierce University 14 (OT)
Records: SNHU 8-3 (6-3 Northeast-10 Conference), FPU 3-7 (1-7 Northeast-10 Conference)
Senior Daniel Trainor (Billerica, Mass.) scored a behind-the-back goal less than a minute into overtime to lift No. 16 Southern New Hampshire University to a 15-14 victory over Franklin Pierce University in Northeast-10 Conference men's lacrosse action at Larkin Field on Saturday.
Junior Dan Malave (Wading River, N.Y.) collected the ball at the top of the Ravens' box and cut to the right alley before throwing a pass to senior Keifer Heckman (Peabody, Mass.) below the goal line. Heckman took two steps towards the back of the cage and fired a pass to a cutting Trainor who, with a long stick draped all over him, whipped a shot behind his back that beat the Franklin Pierce netminder and provided the Penmen with the victory.
Trainor's 19th of the season and second of the game capped a wild 16 minutes of action that saw Southern New Hampshire overcome a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter and force overtime.
After the Ravens scored twice in the first 4:59 of the fourth to extend their lead to 13-9, the Penmen responded with a four-goal burst to knot the score. Senior Will Thompson (Southington, Conn.) kicked off the run by gathering a groundball at midfield and sprinting to the top of the FPU box where he unloaded a shot to the far post that sliced the deficit to three with 8:23 remaining. Junior Zach Tanner (Woburn, Mass.) followed with back-to-back goals at 7:55 and 8:32 to make it a one-goal game, and Malave rifled home his fourth of the year to even things up at 13 with just over five minutes left in regulation.
Jack Carney reestablished the Franklin Pierce edge with 3:27 to go before Tanner completed his fourth quarter hat trick on a brilliant individual effort. Tanner caught a pass in the right alley and took off to goal line extended. After absorbing a check, Tanner turned the corner and tucked a bounce shot five-hole on the Ravens' keeper to again pull the Penmen even with 1:21 remaining.
Franklin Pierce jumped out to an early lead after scoring three of the game's first four goals in the opening 3:31. Sean Delea tallied the first goal of the contest at 1:21, and after Heckman answered with 12:50 left in the period, two-straight tallies by the Ravens made it 3-1.
Heckman brought SNHU back within one on his second of the opening quarter at 5:05, and after junior Mark Beirne (Hooksett, N.H.) found the back of the net eight seconds later to tie things up, Heckman gave the hosts their first lead of the day with 5:45 left. The lead would be short-lived, however, as the Ravens scored twice in the final five minutes to take a 5-4 lead into the second.
Senior Cameron McGuire (Melrose, Mass.) opened the second stanza with a man-up marker to reset the game at 2:28 before another two-goal spurt from Franklin Pierce provided the visitors with a 7-5 advantage at the midway point. After McGuire struck again on the man advantage at 9:19, junior Corey Cairo (Wading River, N.Y.) scored the final goal of the half with 2:29 to play and sent the teams to the half deadlocked at seven.
The Ravens came out of the break strong and potted three goals in the first 4:44 to take a 10-7 lead. Senior Zach Jacobs (Tewksbury, Mass.) brought Southern New Hampshire back within two at 5:34, and after another FPU tally, Trainor converted a feed from Tanner with 16 ticks left in the quarter.
Heckman led the SNHU attack with five points on three goals and two assists, while Tanner added four points on a hat trick and a helper. Cairo chipped in with a goal and two helpers, and Trainor and McGuire each had two tallies.
- After Franklin Pierce erased a 4-3 Penmen lead with 5:00 left in the first quarter, Southern New Hampshire did not take the lead again until Trainor's overtime winner.
- The Penmen outshot the Ravens, 56-27, which included a 28-17 edge in shots on goal. Southern New Hampshire also won 18-of-31 faceoffs on Saturday.
- With three goals on Saturday, Heckman moves into sole possession of No. 8 on the Penmen men's lacrosse all-time goal scoring list.
- With five points on Saturday, Heckman moves up to No. 11 on the Penmen men's lacrosse all-time scoring list with 137 career points. Heckman has one or more points in 38 of his last 41 outings, and of those 38 games, he has at least two points in 34 contests.
The Penmen are back in action Wednesday (April 19) when they make the trip across town to take on Saint Anselm College at 7 p.m.
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