Women’s Lacrosse Quiets Queens (N.Y.) in 16-3 Triumph

Kristin Wilder ready to grab the ball.

BOX SCORE

When and Where: March 23, 2019 – Flushing, N.Y. (Knights Field)
Score:  Southern New Hampshire University 16, Queens (N.Y.) College 3
Records: SNHU 3-4, Queens 1-6

Senior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) and junior Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) each notched five points to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team to a 16-3 triumph over Queens (N.Y.) College on Saturday afternoon at Knights Field.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Wilder scored four goals and dished an assist, while Harrington recorded two goals and handed out three helpers.
  • Freshman Kelsey Long (Woburn, Mass.) tallied four points with three goals and an assist.
  • Fellow freshman Erin Gorton (Kennebunk, Maine) added three points with a goal and a pair of assists.
  • Freshman Hayle Ashford (Atkinson, N.H.) stopped four of the six shots she faced in the opening half to earn the win. Classmate Caela McCartney (Arvada, Colo.) turned aside all seven shots she faced over the final 15:29 of the contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Harrington set up back-to-back Wilder goals to open the scoring and staked Southern New Hampshire to a 2-0 lead in the opening 1:23. Wilder scored again off an assist from Gorton, who then fed another senior in Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.), to make it 4-0 with 23:11 remaining in the first half.
  • Harrington jumped in on the act herself, potting a free-position goal, before Wilder returned one of the early favors for Harrington, to bring the score to 6-0 at the 21:14 mark. Gorton then scored her first of the afternoon, with Long finding the back of the net twice – on assists from freshmen Catherine Derhak (Londonderry, N.H.) and Madison Peredna (Derry, N.H.) – to stretch the lead to 9-0 with 18:34 to play.
  • Sophomore Dani Tompkins (Derry, N.H.) and senior Jackie Richardson (Tyngsborough, Mass.) each found the back of the net to make it 11-0 with 11:10 left on the clock. Queens finally made it on to the scoreboard with 8:38 to go, before scoring again less than two minutes later. Tompkins capped the scoring off a feed from Derhak, sending the Penmen to the half with a commanding 12-2 advantage.
  • Long set up junior Tina Natola (Wilmington, Mass.) to kick off the second-half scoring nearly six minutes in, before scoring herself just over two minutes later. Harrington then fed Wilder for the third time to widen the advantage to 15-2 for SNHU with 19:36 remaining.
  • The Knights scored their only goal of the second half with 15:31 to go, with senior Marisa McLaughlin (New Milford, Conn.) capping the scoring with 6:02 on the clock.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Junior Alex Comeau (Haverhill, Mass.) started the second half in goal for the Penmen and made one of two saves over the initial 14:31. Jess Serpe recorded five saves for the Knights.
  • Southern New Hampshire outshot Queens, 27-18, including 16-7 in the opening stanza.
  • The Penmen also held a 12-9 edge in draw controls.
  • The Penmen were a perfect 2-for-2 on their free-position attempts, while Queens went 1-for-5.

NOTES

  • Southern New Hampshire halts a two-game skid and has now won three of its last five.
  • This marked the first all-time meeting between the two programs.
  • Wilder, who now has 206 career goals, is just 12 points shy of the program's all-time points record.
  • Harrington's two goals give her 64 for her career, while Felt now has 91 goals.
  • Richardson's marker was the seventh of her career, while Tompkins' two now give her six all-time. Natola's goal was her first with the Penmen. McLaughlin's tally was her 27th.
  • Wilder (22), Long (19) and Felt (18) are 1-2-3 in goals scored on the team.

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Penmen return to action Wednesday, March 27 (7 p.m.) when they take on crosstown-rival Saint Anselm 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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