When and Where: March 18, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Pace University 19, Southern New Hampshire University 11
Records: Pace 2-1 (1-0 NE10), SNHU 3-1 (0-1 NE10)
Sophomore Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) scored three goals, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season as it fell to Pace University, 19-11, on Saturday afternoon at Larkin Field.
Pace came out on the attack and scored the first five goals of the game over the opening 9:44, with Emily Ankabrandt contributing a pair. The Penmen finally jumped on the board with 19:39 remaining in the opening half when Bedell set up Decker, followed by senior Casey Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) finding the back of the net off a Decker pass to make it 5-2 just 13 seconds later.
The teams then traded pairs of tallies before swapping scores twice to come out with Pace holding a 9-6 advantage at the five-minute mark. Casey Gelderman then scored her third of the afternoon before Kylee Scott added a pair to send the Setters to the break with a 12-6 lead.
Neither team could break the ice in the second half until Gelderman made it a seven-goal game 7:22 in. The Penmen roared back, however, as Felt scored twice during a four-goal run that slashed the deficit to 13-10 with 18:01 remaining.
SNHU seemed to have all the momentum, but after another seven-plus-minute scoreless stretch, Pace scored six-in-a-row to open a commanding 19-10 lead with 4:52 on the clock. Freshman Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) found the score sheet with 2:30 to go off a Duggan assist to cap the scoring.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) started and made five saves in the first half for the Penmen, while senior Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) came on in relief to start the second half and racked up eight stops. Alissa Silvestri turned away 14 Southern New Hampshire attempts for the Setters.
- Pace outshot SNHU, 41-30, including 20-12 in the second half, while draw controls were even at 16 apiece.
- The Setters were 4-for-12 on their free-positions attempts, with the Penmen going just 3-for-12.
- Sophomore Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) was held to fewer than two goals for just the fourth time in her 22-game career.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, March 21 (7 p.m.) when they take on crosstown rival Saint Anselm College under the lights at Grappone Stadium. The next home game for SNHU is Thursday, March 23 (4 p.m.) when it plays host to the New York Institute of Technology at Larkin.
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