Southern New Hampshire Falls by One at #11 Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Senior Emily Mongeau (Westborough, Mass.) became the leading goal scorer in Southern New Hampshire history, but a late Penmen rally fell short to No. 11 Merrimack, 13-12, Wednesday night at Martone-Mejail Field. The Warriors improved to 4-4 and 4-3 in NE-10 play, while the Penmen are now 2-7 and 1-5 in the league.

Mongeau, who broke the record with her unassisted tally with 3:56 remaining, finished with three goals and now has 170 for her career, one more than Libby Parent, who totaled 169 from 2006-09.

Mongeau and Phoebe Clark (Concord, N.H.) led Southern New Hampshire with three goals apiece, while Sara Halbich (Salem, N.H.) totaled two goals and an assist. Ellie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) and Jade Antonangeli (Bourne, Mass.) added two goals each.

Colleen Strachan led Merrimack with three goals and two assists, while Alicia Tinsley and Mary Pasquantonio each scored three times.

Southern New Hampshire trailed 9-4 at halftime and 11-5 10 minutes into the second half when it scored four unanswered goals, and an Antonangeli tally with 6:14 left pulled the Penmen within two, 11-9. Pasquantonio and Tinsley scored 44 seconds apart to push the hosts' lead to 13-9 with just over four minutes remaining.

The Penmen scored three times in a span of 2:27 to pull within one, 13-12. Morin converted a free position attempt with 3:36 to go, then Halbich notched a free position goal of her own at the 2:53 mark. Clark made it a one-goal game with 1:09 left, with Halbich assisting. Mongeau would control the draw and would be awarded a free position opportunity with 1:00 remaining, however, Merrimack goalie Sam Kiesel turned aside the shot and the Warriors controlled the ground ball and ran out the clock.

Mongeau gave the Penmen an early 1-0 lead, however, the Warriors gradually pulled away and built a 7-3 lead with just over five minutes remaining before halftime. Mongeau scored at 3:56 to make it a 7-4 game, but Pasquantonio scored twice before intermission to make it a 9-4 contest at the break.

Kiesel made 13 saves for Merrimack while SNHU goalie Kellie Renk (Kennebunk, Maine) notched seven saves as the Penmen outshot the Warriors 36-31. Southern New Hampshire also had an 18-9 advantage in draw controls while both teams were 6-12 on free position attempts.

Southern New Hampshire hosts top-ranked Le Moyne Friday afternoon in a 3:30 contest at Larkin Field.


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