Women’s Lax Edges American Int’l, 14-12

BOX SCORE

When and Where: April 24, 2019 – Springfield, Mass. (Abdow Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 14, American International College 12
Records:  SNHU 7-9 (4-8 NE10), AIC 4-12 (2-10 NE10)

Senior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) registered a game-high five points to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team to a 14-12 win over American International College on Wednesday night at Abdow Field.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Wilder scored four times and handed out an assist.
  • Senior Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) and junior Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) each tallied two goals and an assist.
  • Freshman Kelsey Long (Woburn, Mass.) scored twice.
  • Senior goalkeeper Leah Olansky (Bennington, Vt.) stopped 12 of the 24 shots she faced.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Southern New Hampshire scored the game's first two goals over the opening 4:37, with Long and Harrington both connecting on free-position opportunities. Long answered an AIC score just 15 seconds later and Wilder set up Felt to make it 4-1 with 21:02 remaining.
  • After the Yellow Jackets trimmed their deficit to 4-3, a free-position strike from freshman Erin Gorton (Kennebunk, Maine) and back-to-back goals from Wilder, including one off an assist from senior Mary Beth Sweeney (Foxborough, Mass.), stretched the SNHU lead to 7-3 with 12:51 on the clock.
  • AIC would score five straight, however, to grab an 8-7 lead with 6:01 left. Felt and freshman Madison Peredna (Derry, N.H.) would answer with goals 39 seconds apart to flip the Penmen into the lead at 9-8 with 4:11 to go, but the hosts would tie it with 1:26 to play and send it to the break, 9-9.
  • In the second half, Wilder and sophomore Dani Tompkins (Derry, N.H.) answered AIC goals to make it 11-11 with 20:04 remaining. The Yellow Jackets would again take the lead at 18:29, but would never score again, as Olansky turned away four shots, including a free-position attempt. Junior Stephanie Barr (Lowell, Mass.) tied it with 9:21 left, Wilder potted the game winner with 6:46 to go and Harrington added insurance at the 2:57 mark to seal it.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Gorton finished with a goal and an assist.
  • AIC goalkeeper Chelsea Davis made 12 saves.
  • Shots were even at 36 apiece.
  • The Yellow Jackets held a 14-11 edge in draw controls.
  • SNHU was 5-for-12 on its free-position attempts, while AIC went 2-for-4.

NOTES

  • Southern New Hampshire has won three of its last four.
  • Wilder, SNHU's all-time leading goal and point scorer, extended her career marks to 244 goals and 283 points. She has 22 goals over her last four games.
  • Felt now has 114 career goals.
  • Harrington, who now has 83 career goals, moved past Nikki Downey (107) for 16th place on the program's all-time points list with 109.
  • Tompkins now has 11 career goals, while Barr has six.

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Penmen return to action Saturday, April 27 (1 p.m.) when it plays host to 20th-ranked Bentley University on Senior Day at Penmen Stadium.

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