When and Where: October 9, 2018 – North Andover, Mass. (Merrimack Stadium)
Score: Merrimack 3 SNHU 2
Records: SNHU 4-5 (2-2 NE10), Merrimack 8-1 (4-0 NE10)
First-half goals by Cassidy Huckins and Lindsey Poirier staked Southern New Hampshire to a 2-0 lead at 5th-ranked Merrimack on Tuesday night, but the host Warriors rallied in the second half for a 3-2 win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire struck at 5:41 with junior Cassidy Huckins (Loudon, N.H.) scoring on a tip in from junior Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands).
- The Penmen scored off a penalty corner at 12:05. Junior Katelin Oberlander (West Yarmouth, Mass.) sent the ball in, which was deflected. Senior Lindsey Poirier (South Berwick, Maine) put the shot past Merrimack goalie Katharine Ohmen.
- Merrimack tallied at 41:51 when Mary McNeil deked through the defense to make it 2-1.
- The Warriors and SNHU were tied at 2-2 after Miranda Judd scored from ten yards out at 54:52.
- The game-winning goal, Mary McNeil's second of the game, and 12th of the season, came at 61:49. She cut down the right side and scored at the near post for Merrimack.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The teams were even on shots at 10-10 in the first half, but Merrimack held a 12-4 advantage in the second for a 22-14 total.
- The goal for Huckins was her fifth of the season. She is tied with senior Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) for the team lead.
- Poirier's goal was her first of the season and second of her career.
- Senior Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) was in net for the Penmen, making eight saves.
- Merrimack had a 13-8 advantage on penalty corners.
- For the second consecutive contest, SNHU could not protect a 2-0 halftime lead. The Penmen lost 3-2 at LIU-Post on Saturday after taking an early advantage.
- The Warriors have a seven-game win streak, the longest for the program since an eight-game run during the 2015 season.
- Merrimack senior Mary McNeil, a Canton, Mass. native, had become the sixth player to reach 100 points last Saturday when she scored twice in a win over Bentley.
- Merrimack has won five of the six meetings with SNHU since 2014.
- Southern New Hampshire plays on the road on Saturday, Oct. 13 (1 p.m.) at Stonehill College
- The next home game for the Penmen is Wednesday, Oct. 17 (6 p.m.) when they play host to American International College.
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