BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Lindsey Bucknam (Bow, N.H.) recorded eight points for the Southern New Hampshire women's lacrosse team in a 16-10 non-conference victory over Bridgeport Saturday afternoon at Knights Field. The Penmen are now 4-9, while the Purple Knights fall to 1-12.
Bucknam paced two other players with double figures in scoring. She recorded five goals and three assists, while Emily King (Florence, Mass.) totaled a game-high six goals, and Jenna Crupi (Albany, N.Y.) had two tallies for the Penmen. Alexa Allen (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Phoebe Clark (Concord, N.H.), Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.), and Ellie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) each added a point in the victory as well.
The Penmen took an early lead in the first half when Bucknam scored the first goal of the game at the 27:50, and Clark followed with a score from Bucknam just two minutes later to go up 2-0. The Purple Knights answered six minutes later with 18:03 to play to cut the deficit to one, but King scored back-to-back goals for the Penmen to regain the lead at 4-1. Despite another Bridgeport goal at 12:11, the visitors outscored the Purple Knights 3-1 for the remainder of the half, including an Allen goal and two more Bucknam scores to take a 7-3 lead into halftime.
Bucknam opened up the second half with her fourth tally of the game from Morin just 2:33 into the frame to take a five-goal lead. The teams then traded the next four goals with King scoring unassisted, and Crupi tallying a man-up goal at the 22:50 mark. Bridgeport scored a pair of goals to cut the lead to 10-7, but the Penmen answered with three straight goals, including two from King, and one more from Bucknam to take their biggest lead of the game at 13-7. The Purple Knights attempted to cut the lead once again with a score at the 12:23 mark to make it 13-8, but three more SNHU goals added to the total, and secured the win.
Maria Ploof (Middlebury, Vt.) earned the win in goal for the Penmen while totaling nine saves. Megan Carney had 17 saves for the Purple Knights in a losing effort.
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, April 16 when they travel to Bentley for a 7:00 p.m. league game.
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