When and Where: March 9, 2019 – Albany, N.Y. (Casey Stadium)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 14, College of Saint Rose 9
Records: SNHU 2-2 (1-0 Northeast-10 Conference), CSR 1-3 (0-2 Northeast-10 Conference)
Sophomore Cole Jacobsen (Dartmouth, Mass.) scored a career-high five goals and added two assists for a career-best seven points Saturday, as the Southern New Hampshire University men's lacrosse team earned a 14-9 victory over the College of Saint Rose in its Northeast-10 Conference opener.
- Jacobsen led all scorers with five goals and seven points, as he found the back of the cage in every quarter.
- Senior Tom Schutz (Trumbull, Conn.) scored four times in the triumph and added an assist for five points.
- Sophomore Stephen Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) also registered a hat trick Saturday, as he totaled four points with three goals and a helper.
- Freshman Alex Sturgess (Derry, N.H.) stopped a career-high 18 shots in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Golden Knights built a 3-1 lead after the opening 15 minutes of play. Carter Badour broke through for the game's first goal at 5:58 before Ethan Sheraw doubled the advantage with 3:13 remaining in the first. Jacobsen's first brought Southern New Hampshire back within one with just 14 seconds left in the quarter, however, Saint Rose rebuilt its two-goal cushion off the ensuing faceoff when Drew Melendez set up Jack Pemrick to make it 3-1 with three seconds to go.
- After Badour extended the hosts' lead to 4-1 with 13:45 to go in the second, Jacobsen and redshirt freshman Landon Goguen (Mattapoisett, Mass.) potted back-to-back markers at 2:51 and 6:20 to trim the Penmen deficit to one. Badour completed his hat trick midway through the stanza, but Dubois cashed in on a feed from freshman Chris Valentine (Derry, N.H.) with 6:06 left in the half before Schutz made it a five-all affair at 10:49.
- The third quarter belonged to Southern New Hampshire, as the Penmen outscored Saint Rose by a 6-2 margin to take control of the game. Schutz gave SNHU its first lead of the evening with his sixth of the season 2:12 into the second half, and after the Golden Knights drew even off the following trip to the faceoff x, Valentine found the back of the net to make it 7-6 with 10:46 left in the frame.
- Dubois pushed the Penmen advantage to 9-6 with back-to-back goals at 6:11 and 7:29 before Jacobsen finished his hat trick with 4:36 remaining. Pemrick halted the Southern New Hampshire run with just under three minutes to play, but Schutz found Jacobsen with three ticks to go and the guests carried an 11-7 edge into the final 15 minutes.
- Jacobsen and Schutz owned the fourth quarter offensively, as the duo combined for four points in the frame. Jacobsen's eighth of the year kicked off the final quarter before he found Schutz with 3:58 remaining to make it a 13-8 contest. Schutz capped the game's scoring at 13:25 with his fourth of the game to seal the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Sturgess kept the Penmen in the contest with eight first quarter saves, and after stopping three shots over the ensuing two quarters, the rookie backstop turned aside seven of the nine attempts he saw in the fourth.
- Southern New Hampshire won the turnover battle, 19-7, and senior Sal Lo Medico (Harrison, N.Y.) caused a game-high three turnovers in the win.
- SNHU finished 2-for-3 on the man-up and held the Golden Knights to one conversion on three attempts.
- The Penmen outshot Saint Rose, 52-46, and held a 37-27 advantage in shots on goal.
- Southern New Hampshire overcame a 23-3 disadvantage at the faceoff X.
- The Penmen are idle until Saturday (March 16) when they host Pace University at noon.
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