When and Where: April 15, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Bentley University 13, Southern New Hampshire University 7
Records: Bentley 5-7 (4-5 NE10), SNHU 7-6 (4-5 NE10)
Freshman Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) potted three goals, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team was handed a 13-7 defeat by Bentley University on Saturday afternoon at Larkin Field.
Junior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) also posted three points with two goals and an assist, while sophomore Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) tallied a goal and an assist, and junior Kennedy Daziel (Hampstead, N.H.) added a pair of helpers.
After an empty first possession for Southern New Hampshire, Bentley responded by scoring five times – by five different players – to take a 5-0 lead 6:45 in. The Penmen finally jumped on the board at the 22:10 mark when Harrington scored off a feed from Daziel. Bedell then scored back-to-back tallies to slice the Bentley advantage to 6-3 with 19:35 remaining.
Bentley ended the first half with three straight goals – from two more different goal scorers – to open up a 9-3 advantage.
SNHU came out and scored just 17 seconds into the second half as Wilder set up Harrington, but Bentley responded with two more tallies to nudge the lead to 11-4 with 25:12 to go.
The Penmen gathered momentum as Wilder and Harrington scored 56 seconds apart to make it a five-goal game at 11-6 with 18:00 on the clock, but Bentley would slow the hosts and score two more times to go up, 13-6, with under 12 minutes to play. Sophomore Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) would close the scoring with 5:05 remaining.
- The outcome creates a logjam in the middle of the NE10 standings, as spots 6-10 are separated by just one game, including a four-way tie for eighth place.
- Seven different Falcons scored a goal, with nine registering at least one point.
- Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made 14 saves, while Lauren Ochs stopped 12 shots for the Falcons.
- Bentley outshot Southern New Hampshire, 38-24, including 17-8 in the second stanza, and also held a 12-10 advantage in draw control.
- The Penmen went 1-for-3 on their free-positions attempts, while the Falcons were 2-for-5.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, April 18 (7 p.m.) when they play host to Stonehill College at Larkin.
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