#16 Merrimack Sprints Past Women’s Lacrosse in Second Half for 18-7 Victory

Kelsey Long with her lacrosse stick at the ready.

BOX SCORE HIGHLIGHTS

When and Where: March 19, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)
Score: Merrimack College 18, Southern New Hampshire University 7
Records: Merrimack 3-3 (3-0 NE10), SNHU 2-4 (0-3 NE10)

Freshman Kelsey Long (Woburn, Mass.) and junior Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) each registered three points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team was upended by 16th-ranked Merrimack College on Tuesday night at Penmen Stadium.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Long and Harrington each recorded two goals, and an assist.
  • Senior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) tallied multiple points with a goal and an assist.
  • Senior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) and freshman Erin Gorton (Kennebunk, Maine) also scored for the Penmen.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Merrimack scored the game's first three goals, including two from Haley Bartlett, over the opening 9:42. Southern New Hampshire made it on to the board just over a minute later when Wilder found the back of the net off a feed from Felt, but Bridget Schofield potted her second of the contest to give Merrimack a 4-1 lead with 18:55 remaining in the first half.
  • SNHU scored four of the next five, with goals from Gorton, Felt, Harrington and Long tying the game at 5-5 with 6:23 on the clock. Merrimack then scored as time expired to take a 6-5 lead into the break.
  • That goal proved to swing the momentum, as it sparked a string of 12 straight goals that ballooned the Merrimack advantage to 17-5 with 11:04 remaining in the contest. Bartlett and Schofield each scored three times during the stretch, while Amber Feminella produced two goals and an assist.
  • Long and Harrington stopped the bleeding with back-to-back strikes three-and-a-half minutes apart, before Merrimack capped the scoring with 2:05 remaining.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Freshman Hayle Ashford (Atkinson, N.H.) made eight saves, while Lauren Trepaney stopped five shots for the Warriors.
  • Merrimack outshot Southern New Hampshire, 33-17, including 19-8 in the second half.
  • The Warriors also held a 14-12 edge in draw controls.
  • The Penmen were 1-for-3 on their free-position attempts, while Merrimack went 2-for-6.

NOTES

  • Wilder, who scored her 202nd career goal, is now just 17 points shy of the program's all-time points record.
  • Harrington's two goals give her 62 for her career, while Felt now has 90 goals.
  • Wilder, Felt and Long are now 1-2-3 in goals scored on the team with 18, 17 and 16, respectively.

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Penmen return to action Saturday, March 23 (1 p.m.) when they take on Queens (N.Y.) College.
  • The next home game for SNHU is Tuesday, April 2 (7 p.m.) when it plays host to Stonehill College at Penmen Stadium.

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