Worcester, Mass. (March 22) -- On Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Stadium, the Assumption College women's lacrosse team ran its record to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the league as the Hounds defeated Southern New Hampshire University by a 16-7 final.
In addition to the game, the Assumption women's lacrosse program raised over $900 for the Timothy D. Hagerman Scholarship thru a 50/50 raffle and donations at the stadium. The scholarship is named after Timothy Hagerman, the brother of senior attack Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough). Timothy passed away in December 2011 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Assumption got on the board just 15 seconds into the game as junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) converted a free position shot for the 1-0 lead as the Hounds ended the game 6-for-10 in free position attempts. After Jenna Crupi answered for the Penmen just 1:48 into the game, the Hounds went on a 4-0 run to extend the lead to 5-1 with 7:38 left in the first half. In that run, four different players scored in the balanced offensive attack that was capped by the fourth goal of the season by freshman Quincy Wilkins (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug). SNHU freshman Casey Duggan, this week's Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week, cut the lead to 5-2 with 1:02 left in the first and the game appeared to be heading into the half with a three-goal margin. Assumption stopped the clock with 2.4 seconds left in the period and eventually converted a free position shot by junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) with just 0.3 seconds left for the 6-2 halftime edge.
Auger and McNeil scored to start the second half for an 8-2 advantage before SNHU junior Lindsay Bucknam scored her 10th goal of the year with 22:40 left in the game to cut the lead to 8-3. Assumption kept up the offensive push though with four straight scores, including two from Hagerman, to make it a 12-3 margin with 17 minutes remaining. Senior Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) tallied the 12th goal of the game for the Hounds and added another later in the half as she finished with her second-straight multi-goal game. McNeil completed the hat trick with 5:58 left in the half, along with the second goal of the game from Wilkins as the Hounds kept the Penmen at bay. The Assumption victory is just the third in 11 all-time meetings with the Penmen, but is the second in the last three seasons for the Hounds. Crupi added a late goal for the Penmen, along with two scores by junior Emily King that included the lone man-up tally of the contest with 8:24 left.
Freshman goalie Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) finished the game with a season-high 16 saves in the win as she turned aside 69.6 percent of the Penmen shots in the win and is now 5-1 overall. SNHU sophomore goalie Maria Ploof made 11 saves in the loss as she dropped to 1-4 overall.
As a team, the Hounds held a 32-28 edge in shots and forced 17 Southern New Hampshire turnovers. In addition, Assumption held a 14-10 in draw controls that included a team-high four from senior Mary Guinee (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet). Both teams were effective in clear attempts as Assumption was 20-for-23 and the Penmen finished the game 19-for-22. Assumption continues to shoot at a high percentage as well as the Hounds put 27 shots on goal out of the team's 32 overall shots in the game.
Auger finished with four goals to lead Assumption as eight different players found the back of the net for the hosts. McNeil posted three goals, along with two goals and two assists each from Hagerman and Wilkins.
For Southern New Hampshire, King and Crupi each finished with a pair of goals, while Duggan added one goal and one assist.
While Assumption improves to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the league, Southern New Hampshire drops to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in Northeast-10 play.
Assumption is back in action on Tuesday, March 25th as the Hounds travel to Saint Anselm for a 4 p.m. Northeast-10 Conference clash at Grappone Stadium in Manchester.
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