No. 17 Women’s Lacrosse Outlasts SNHU 22-19

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 1 Le Moyne 16, No. 17 Assumption 5

- Records: Southern New Hampshire (4-6, 1-5 NE10), Assumption (7-3, 3-3 NE10)

- Location: Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)                                                                 

- The Lead: No. 17 Assumption led 20-12 with less than ten minutes left when Southern New Hampshire stormed back with 7-1 run to close the gap to 21-19 with three minutes remaining, however, the Hounds held them off to earn the 22-19 victory on Friday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Southern New Hampshire opened up the scoring two minutes into the game, however, the Hounds answered with three straight goals over the following six minutes for a 3-1 lead at 22:14. The Penmen went on a run of their own with four consecutive goals for a 5-3 advantage with 13 minutes left in regulation.

- Senior Sarah Reilly (Fairfield, Conn. / Fairfield-Warde) pulled Assumption within one and Callie Dwyer (Merrimack, N.H. / Merrimack) tied it 5-5 at 11:18. SNHU took back the lead less than a minute later and the teams traded goals over the next three minutes to make it 7-7 at 7:24. Kailyn Hart (Cohoes, N.Y. / Shaker) scored four times over the final seven minutes while Reilly added two more as the Hounds went into the break with a 13-8 lead.

- SNHU scored the first two goals of the second, but Hart responded with a pair for a 15-10 advantage ten minutes into the period. Each team scored twice over the next five minutes, with goals by Allison Foley (Walpole, Mass. / Walpole) and Emily Spath (Franklin, Mass. / Franklin) providing a 17-12 lead. Assumption then netted three straight to stretch its lead to 20-12 with 9:44 left on Foley's second of the day.

- The Penman didn't go quietly. They scored with 9:13 left to trim it to 20-13 and fired home four more goals over the next five minutes to cut the deficit to just 20-17. Helen Tautkus (Laconia, N.H. / Laconia) ended the run by scoring with 4:01 left, however, two more from SNHU in the next minute trimmed it to just 21-19 with 3:06 left. Assumption's defense held the Penmen off the board and Reilly provided one insurance goal for the 22-19 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Assumption outshot SNHU 41-32 in the contest, but the Penmen had a 19-18 edge in the second half. The Hounds won more draw controls (26-17) but picked up fewer ground balls (20-18).

- Hart led the offense with a career-high eight goals, tied for the second-highest single game total in program history, while also dishing off one assist for nine points. Reilly came through with a career-high 11 points on seven goals and four assists. It is tied for the third-highest single-game total in school history. She also added a season-high ten draw controls. Marran Oakman (Kennebunk, Maine / Kennebunk) came through nine draws, two ground balls and one caused turnover.

- Spath chipped in one goal and four assists on the day. The four helpers pushed her season total to 35 assists, breaking the program single-season record of 33. The previous record was set back in 2003 by Adrienne Gardner. Spath also had a pair of caused turnovers in the contest.

- Allie Collins (Natick, Mass. / Natick) earned the victory in net, allowing 19 goals and making six saves. Hayle Ashford took the loss as she gave up 22 goals while stopping 13 shots. Kristin Wilder led the SNHU offense with six goals while Merry Harrington had four goals.

UP NEXT:

- Assumption returns to action on Wednesday when the team travels to play AIC at 7 p.m.

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