WHEN AND WHERE: February 23, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
SCORE: Southern New Hampshire University 13, Molloy College 9
RECORDS: SNHU 1-1 Molloy 1-2
Sophomore Stephen Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) and freshman Tristan Pietz (Dudley, Mass.) each buried four goals to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's lacrosse team to a 13-9 victory against Molloy College on Saturday afternoon.
- Dubois also added an assist to establish career highs in points (5) and goals, while Pietz' four strikes and one assists were the first points of his career.
- Freshman Alex Sturgess (Derry, N.H.) stopped 14 of the 23 shots he faced, after making 13 saves in his Penmen debut in the previous outing.
- Freshman Chris Valentine (Derry, N.H.) notched three points with two goals and an assists.
- Freshman Landon Goguen (Mattapoisett, Mass.) and sophomore Cole Jacobsen (Dartmouth, Mass.) also turned in multi-point efforts with three points on a goal and two assists, apiece.
- The Lions were led up front by Kevin Pastier's three goals, while Anthony Teresky tallied a team-best four points on a goal and three helpers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Pietz opened the scoring just 59 seconds into the contest and struck again on the man-up a little over four minutes later, but both were answered by Molloy to leave the score tied, 2-2, at the end of one quarter of play.
- Dubois then kicked off the second-stanza scoring with a pair of strikes, including one on the man-advantage to give Southern New Hampshire the lead for good at 4-2 with 6:59 left in the half.
- Pietz and Goguen scored two of the next three goals to extend SNHU's lead to 6-3 with 4:30 on the clock, but Teresky set up goals from Michael Scheuerer and Pastier to trim the Molloy deficit to 6-5 with 3:00 to play. The Penmen would answer, however, with senior Tom Schutz (Trumbull, Conn.) finding the back of the net just 20 seconds later, before Valentine added a man-up goal 43 seconds after that to widen the gap to 8-5 for SNHU going into the halftime break.
- After Teresky set up a Pastier man-up strike more than six minutes into the third quarter, Pietz responded with a man-up goal of his own off a Goguen feed, with Dubois following just 25 seconds later to put the Penmen up, 10-6. Scheuerer would score again 1:07 before the end of the third to get the Lions within three heading to the final frame.
- Molloy kept it going to begin the fourth, getting goals from Teresky and Pastier in the opening three minutes to make it a 10-9 game. The SNHU defense would tighten down from there, not allowing another Molloy goal over the final 12:02 of the contest.
- The Penmen offense would add insurance anyway, with Jacobsen scoring on a Valentine feed at the 10:11 mark, before returning the favor to Valentine less than three minutes later to make it 12-9. Dubois capped the scoring with 3:38 to go to seal it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Molloy goalkeeper Michael Kessler made 11 saves.
- The Penmen were able to overcome a 22-for-25 performance at the faceoff X for Molloy's Justin English.
- Molloy held a 45-42 advantage in shots, while Southern New Hampshire controlled the fourth quarter, 14-5.
- The Penmen were 5-for-9 on extra-man opportunities, with Molloy finishing just 2-for-10.
- Southern New Hampshire snaps a five-game skid against Molloy, picking up its first win over the Lions since March 6, 2010 in a 13-10 road win. It is also the first victory versus Molloy at home for the Penmen in four tries, all-time.
- Schutz upped his career goal total to 36 in 31 appearances for SNHU.
- Jacobsen's goal was the 17th of his career in 16 games played.
- Southern New Hampshire resumes play Saturday, March 2 when it takes on Mercy College at 2 p.m.
- The next home contest for the Penmen is Saturday, March 16 (2 p.m.) when it plays host to Pace University.
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