When and Where: November 16, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: No. 4 Kutztown University 1, No. 5 Southern New Hampshire University 0 (PS)
Records: SNHU 17-5, KU 15-5
In its first NCAA Championship appearance, the fifth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University field hockey team endured 80 minutes of scoreless action against fourth-ranked Kutzown University before falling to the Golden Bears in a penalty shootout, 3-1, on Larkin Field Saturday. The Penmen close out their most successful season in program history with a record of 17-5.
- Graduate student Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) stopped both shots she faced during regulation and two overtime periods before adding a pair of saves in the shootout.
- Freshman Lisa Hagel (Driehuis, The Netherlands) accounted for the lone SNHU goal in the shootout.
- After Hagel brought the Penmen within one during the penalty shootout, Alyssa Donato gathered the rebound of her initial shot and flicked it into the back of the cage to clinch the best-of-five shootout with the third Kutztown goal.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire was unsuccessful on its first three attempts in the shootout while the Golden Bears converted on two of their first three.
- Kerri Hanshaw registered six saves on the afternoon, including two crucial stops in double overtime.
- The Penmen outshot Kutztown, 13-4, and put six shots on cage compared to two by the visitors.
- The Golden Bears held a slight, 5-4, edge in penalty corners.
- Southern New Hampshire wraps up its most successful season in school history with a new record for wins (17), conference wins (12), postseason wins (2), consecutive wins (11) and highest national ranking (5). The Penmen also set a new program benchmark for goals in a season with 68, which topped the previous best of 47 set in 2017.
- After not earning a national ranking in its first five seasons of competition, Southern New Hampshire entered the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA) Division II National Coaches Poll on September 17 and never dropped out of the top-10. SNHU climbed as high as fifth in the final poll of the season on November 12.
- The Penmen earned their first-ever postseason victory over Bentley University on November 6 in what was also the first postseason field hockey contest played on Larkin Field. SNHU, which made its first postseason appearance ever a season ago, advanced to its first Northeast-10 Championship Final after knocking off both the Falcons and Saint Thomas Aquinas College in the NE10 Semifinals.
- Southern New Hampshire's NCAA Championship appearance is the first in the history of the program. The Penmen earned an at-large bid into the six-team field and earned the No. 4 seed and the right to host Saturday's game.
- After posting just three combined wins in its first two seasons, Southern New Hampshire rattled off 44 victories over the past four seasons. The Penmen never finished with fewer than eight wins in a season during that stretch and earned two trips to the Northeast-10 Championship.
- Saturday marked the final game in a Penmen uniform for Rennie, Alison Hildreth (Hampton, N.H.), Isabel Hoyt (Boscawen, N.H.), Marissa Leger (Holliston, Mass.), Mary Lou Long (Foxboro, Mass.), Emily Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands).
- van der Doorn, the first Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year in program history, graduates as the most prolific offensive player in Penmen field hockey. The four-time All-NE10 choice and two-time First Team selection owns the school record for career points (89), goals (36) and game-winning goals (9). She sits second all-time in assists (17) and is tied with Hildreth and Leger for most career games in an SNHU uniform (76).
- Servais caps her career with the highest single-season scoring output in the history of Southern New Hampshire field hockey. The First Team All-NE10 honoree led the league in scoring with 42 points, which topped the previous single-season best by 12. She tied van der Doorn for a new single-season goal record (15) and doubled her own benchmark for single-season assists with a dozen helpers this year. In just three seasons, Servais amassed 73 points on 26 goals and 21 assists. She sits atop the all-time assist list in program history and is second only to van der Doorn in goals and points.
- Rennie departs the program after setting a new standard in the Southern New Hampshire cage. She has played more minutes (4744:48), won more games (43), stopped more shots (339) and produced more shutouts (17) than any other goalkeeper in the history of the program. Rennie is also the program leader in both single season and career goals against average and save percentage.
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