MANCHESTER, N.H. – Five goals from Meaghan Sheehy were not enough for the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team, as Southern New Hampshire University used a second-half surge to defeat the Hawks 18-9 on Tuesday evening at Grappone Stadium.
Sheehy's five goals were one shy of her career high for Saint Anselm (3-4, 1-2 NE10), but Southern New Hampshire (4-1, 1-1 NE10) outscored the Hawks 12-4 in the second half to pick up the Northeast-10 Conference victory. The win for the Penmen snapped Saint Anselm's five-game winning streak in the series, which is now even at 7-7 all-time.
Sheehy provided most of the offense for the Hawks with her second five-goal performance of the season. Emma Palumbo added a pair of goals, Breda Holland had a goal and an assist and Marta Versprille added two helpers for Saint Anselm. Erica Mattila was also on the scoresheet.
Palumbo grabbed four draw controls, while Versprille and Holland each had three. Liv Connly and Micayla Evans each forced a pair of turnovers for the Hawks. Zoie Cavotta posted her second double-digit save performance of the season with 10 saves but took the loss to fall to 3-4 this season.
Reigning NE10 Rookie of the Year Kristin Wilder scored a game-high six goals for Southern New Hampshire, which also got five goals from Kennedy Daziel. Alexa Bedell notched a game-high eight points on three goals and five assists for the Penmen, while also controlling seven draws. Nicole Kennedy made 12 stops to improve to 2-0 on the year.
After Sheehy opened the scoring inside the first three minutes, the Penmen rattled off five-straight goals to take a 5-1 lead with 11:58 left in the first half. The Hawks responded with a 4-0 run of their own to tie it up with goals from Sheehy starting and ending the run. However, Southern New Hampshire took the lead on a Wilder man-up goal with 1:45 to go in the half to go to the break ahead by one.
Fifty-seven seconds into the second half, Holland scored to knot the score at 6-6, but Southern New Hampshire scored five of the next six goals to lead 11-7 with 16:39 remaining. A Sheehy goal cut the deficit to three with 10:17 to go, only for the Penmen to net the next seven goals to put the game out of reach.
Southern New Hampshire held advantages in shots (34-30), draw controls (16-13) and ground balls (21-16) in the game. Both teams committed 15 turnovers and were effective on clears, as the Penmen were 17-for-20 and the Hawks were 10-for-12.
Saint Anselm hits the road on Saturday, March 25 with a trip to Franklin Pierce University for a 1 p.m. game.