When and Where: March 2, 2019 – Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. (Mercy Field)
Score: Mercy College 18, Southern New Hampshire University 12
Records: Mercy 3-0, SNHU 0-2
Senior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) scored three goals to become the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse program's all-time goals leader, but the Penmen were tagged with an 18-12 loss by 10th-ranked Mercy College on Saturday afternoon at Mercy Field.
- Wilder also added an assist for four points. She moved past Emily Mongeau, who scored 190 goals for the Penmen from 2009-12.
- Fellow senior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) matched Wilder's output with three goals and an assist.
- Junior Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) also potted three goals.
- Hunter Isnardi scored 11 goals for Mercy, including 10 in the first half.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Mercy scored the first goal of the game just over three minutes in, back-to-back tallies from Felt and freshman Erin Gorton (Kennebunk, Maine) flipped Southern New Hampshire into the lead at 2-1, with 24:44 remaining in the opening half. Isnardi then scored four straight for the Mavericks, however, to give the hosts a 5-2 advantage with 16:03 on the clock.
- Wilder tied the record at the 15:12 mark with a free-position score and then, following another Isnardi strike, set a new all-time mark with 14:20 remaining to pull the Penmen within 6-4. Felt followed with a free-position goal to make it a one-goal game at 13:33, with Isnardi potting another just 26 ticks later.
- Felt set up Harrington to again get SNHU within one at 7-6 with 12:19 left, but Isnardi scored three straight to close the half, with Mercy on top, 10-6.
- Mercy began the second half with the first two goals of the game from someone not named Isnardi to extend its lead to 12-6 just under two-and-a-half minutes in.
- SNHU responded by scoring three of the next four goals, with Harrington, Felt and freshman Kelsey Long (Woburn, Mass.) trimming the deficit to 13-9 with 17:10 to play, but Mercy answered with three of the next four to regain the six-goal advantage at 16-10 with 11:22 remaining.
- Harrington struck again just over a minute later, but two goals from Mercy just 20 seconds apart all but sealed the win at 18-11 with 5:36 to go. Wilder closed the scoring with 3:22 left.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Senior Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) stopped three shots over the opening 32:26, while freshman Hayle Ashford (Atkinson, N.H.) turned away six of the 12 shots that came her way in the final 27:34. Mercy goalkeeper Emma Jacobsen made six saves.
- The Mavericks held a 43-21 advantage in shots, while the Penmen owned a 17-15 edge in draw controls.
- Mercy was 6-for-9 on its free-position opportunities, with SNHU going 4-for-8.
- Wilder is now eight goals away from becoming the first 200-goal scorer in program history and needs 30 points to also break that all-time program record.
- Harrington now has four goals on the season and 56 in her career, while Felt's first two of the season give her 75 in three seasons with the Penmen.
- Long's goal is her fourth of the season, while Gorton's was her second.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, March 9 (1 p.m.) when they play host to Dominican (N.Y.) College.
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