Women’s Lacrosse Knocks Off Surging Saint Anselm, 14-12

Kristin Wilder moving the ball toward the goal.

BOX SCORE

When and Where: March 27, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Grappone Stadium)
Score:  Southern New Hampshire University 14, Saint Anselm College 12
Records: SNHU 4-4 (1-3 NE10), Saint Anselm 5-2 (3-1 NE10)

Senior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) posted seven points to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team to a 14-12 victory over crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College on Wednesday night at Grappone Stadium.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Wilder matched her season high with five goals and also handed out a pair of assists.
  • Fellow senior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) scored four times.
  • Freshmen Kelsey Long (Woburn, Mass.) and Erin Gorton (Kennebunk, Maine) also contributed multiple points with a goal and an assist each.
  • Freshman Hayle Ashford (Atkinson, N.H.) stopped a career-best 15 of the 27 shots she faced.
  • Molly Beck scored six goals and dished an assist for the Hawks.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Saint Anselm scored the game's first two goals over the opening 4:12, before sophomore Dani Tompkins (Derry, N.H.) and Felt found the back of the net 55 seconds apart to pull Southern New Hampshire even at 2-2 with 23:36 remaining in the opening half.
  • The hosts would go back up by one less than a minute later, but two straight again from the Penmen – this time from junior Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) and Felt – gave SNHU its first lead of the contest at 4-3 near the midway point of the opening stanza.
  • Saint Anselm scored four of the next five over the ensuing nine minutes, but the Penmen battled back again, with Felt and Wilder finding the back of the net to draw the visitors even at 7-all with just over four-and-a-half minutes left before the break. Beck would score her fourth of the half with 2:20 on the clock to send the Hawks to the locker room with an 8-7 edge.
  • Wilder pulled the Penmen even just 44 seconds into the second half with a free-position goal, before Felt converted a free-position of her own to put SNHU in front, 9-8, with 21:53 remaining. Saint Anselm tied it just over two minutes later, but Southern New Hampshire would take the lead for good just 16 seconds after that, with the freshmen trio of Long, Gorton and Madison Peredna (Derry, N.H.) finding the scoreboard to make it 12-9 with 18:03 to go. Gorton would set up Wilder just over six minutes later and SNHU had its largest lead of the night at 13-9 with 11:58 to play.
  • Saint Anselm would score three of the final four, including two from Beck, but Southern New Hampshire kept them off the scoreboard for the final six-and-a-half minutes to seal it.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Bailee Pudvar made 10 saves for Saint Anselm.
  • Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 36-28, including 19-14 in the first half.
  • The Hawks also held a 15-13 edge in draw controls, but SNHU did win the second half, 7-5.
  • The Penmen were 6-for-11 on their free-position attempts, while Saint Anselm was just 3-for-11.

NOTES

  • Southern New Hampshire has now won four of its last six, including two straight, while Saint Anselm sees its five-game winning streak come to an end.
  • SNHU had lost six of its last seven to Saint Anselm entering the day, but captures its second straight at Grappone Stadium.
  • Wilder, who now has 211 career goals, is just five points shy of the program's all-time points record.
  • Felt now has 95 career goals, while Harrington stands at 65. Tompkins' tally was her seventh.
  • Wilder (27), Felt (22) and Long (20) are 1-2-3 in goals scored on the team.
  • The win earns Southern New Hampshire two points in the Queen City Cup standings, which gives it a 17-15 edge in the battle for Manchester supremacy.

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Penmen return to action Saturday, March 30 (11 a.m.) when they take on top-ranked Le Moyne 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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