Southern New Hampshire Falls to AIC in Overtime

MANCHESTER, N.H. Aaron McNab scored with 23 seconds left in the first overtime to give American International College a 12-11 Northeast-10 men's lacrosse victory over Southern New Hampshire University at Larkin Field Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets improve to 2-7 and 1-3 in the league, while the Penmen are 3-4 overall and 1-2 in NE-10 play.

McNab led a balanced AIC attack with two goals and a trio of assists, while Alex Walter finished with two goals and two assists. Travis Ortensi and Brett Serriello each finished with two goals apiece, with four other players adding single tallies.

Greg Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) paced the Penmen with four goals and two assists, while Keith Merluzzo (Billerica, Mass.) and Michael Slatton (Billerica, Mass.) each registered two goals and an assist. Terrence Nash (Oceanside, N.Y.) added a goal and three assists. Brian Nagle (Woburn, Mass.) and James Sabino (Danvers, Mass.) each added single tallies.

American International trailed 9-6 heading into the fourth quarter, but reeled off four unanswered goals to take an 11-10 lead with 1:38 remaining in the game on a goal by James St. Cyr. The Penmen would tie the game and force overtime with 31 seconds left when Nagle scored on a feed by Reynolds.

Both teams got good chances in overtime, but the Yellow Jackets would earn the victory when McNab's low liner from 10 yards out beat SNHU keeper Brendan O'Brien (Hopkinton, Mass.).

Reynolds scored the only goal of the first quarter at the 7:19 mark. In the second, AIC took a 4-3 lead with just under four minutes left on Ortensi's man-up goal. SNHU scored the final two goals of the frame and Sabino's goal 14 seconds before intermission gave the Penmen a 5-4 lead at the break.

The Yellow Jackets would tie the game 1:11 into the third quarter, but the Penmen outscored AIC 4-1 the rest of the way in the third and Slatton's goal with 1:06 left in the quarter gave SNHU a 9-6 lead after three quarters.

Eric Whettel made nine saves for AIC en route to the win as the Penmen outshot the Yellow Jackets 44-42. O'Brien stopped eight shots as he played all but 36 seconds between the pipes.

SNHU returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Bentley in a 7:00 contest.


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