MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team dropped an 18-10 Northeast-10 Conference game to No. 4 LeMoyne College Saturday afternoon at Larkin Field. The Penmen are now 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the league, while the Dolphins improve to 7-1 overall, and remain unbeaten in conference play at 4-0.
Emily King (Florence, Mass.) led the Penmen with three goals, while Alexa Allen (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Lindsay Bucknam (Bow, N.H.), and Phoebe Clark (Concord, N.H.) each added two goals and an assist. Julia Suriani led the Dolphins with five goals, while Marley Ciferri added three scores and two helpers.
The Dolphins jumped out to an early lead in the first half when Victoria Nies scored back-to-back goals, followed by a Suriani goal to make it 3-0 just five minutes in. Clark answered for SNHU with a score a minute later to cut the deficit to two, and the teams traded the next two goals, with Bucknam notching her first of the game at 22:44 to make it 4-2. The guests scored the next four to go ahead 8-2, but a pair of SNHU goals, including a King man-up tally, and another Bucknam score cut it to 8-4. Le Moyne then scored the final three goals of the first half to take an 11-4 lead into halftime.
The teams came out in the second half trading goals with Ciferri scoring 1:30 in for the Dolphins, and King scoring her second goal of the game a minute later from Allen for SNHU. Ciferri scored the next two goals for LeMoyne, taking a 14-5 lead, but Allen answered once again from Ellie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) to cut the lead to eight. Two more Dolphins' goals gave them their biggest lead of the game with 13:36 remaining. SNHU was able to outscore LeMoyne in the last 10 minutes, 4-2, but the deficit was too much for a comeback.
Maria Ploof (Middlebury, Vt.) started and played 34:01 in net, saving three shots, while Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) played 25 minutes and saved six shots for the Penmen. Christina Humbert played a complete game for the Dolphins turning away eight shots.
The Penmen return to action on Wednesday, April 2 when they travel to Stonehill College for a 7:00 p.m. league game.
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