April 22, 2014

Late Surge Cannot Erase Second-Half Hole as Women’s Lacrosse Falls at SNHU, 17-15

Gauvin adds three points (2-1-3)

Shopshire Shopshire matched her season best with five goals on Tuesday night at SNHU.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (April 22, 2014) – Junior attack Madeline Shopshire (Hyannis, Mass.) poured in five goals and sophomore midfielder Lauren Beville (Jamesville, N.Y.) added four goals and an assist on Tuesday night, but the Franklin Pierce University women's lacrosse team dropped a 17-15 decision to Southern New Hampshire in Northeast-10 Conference play at Larkin Field. Senior attack Phoebe Clark notched eight points on five goals and three assists in the win for SNHU.

With the loss, Franklin Pierce falls to 4-9 (3-8 Northeast-10), while Southern New Hampshire improves to 5-11 (3-8 Northeast-10).

SNHU opened the second half with a 9-5 lead, before the teams alternated their way through six goals over the early stages of the period, to leave the Penmen with a 12-8 lead and 18:49 to play. SNHU then rattled off four straight goals, including a pair from junior midfielder Emily King and a goal and an assist from Clark, over a span of 5:46. Clark's final goal of the night capped the surge and pushed the SNHU lead to 16-8, with just 11:06 to play in the second half.

Franklin Pierce was unwilling to give up on the game just yet however, as the Ravens staged a furious, 7-0 run over a stretch of just 8:21. Shopshire put home four of her five goals in the run, including a pair of free-position goals, the latter of which closed the gap to just one goal, at 16-15, with 46 seconds to play. Junior attack Geena Franciosi (South Easton, Mass.) scored her only two goals of the night during the nearly-completed rally. SNHU was able to corral the ensuing draw control and capped the victory with a goal from junior attack Lindsay Bucknam with five seconds to play to create the 17-15 final.

In the first half, SNHU scored seven of the game's first eight goals over the opening 19:42 to jump to a 7-1 lead. Clark scored twice early while senior attack Jenna Crupi added a pair of goals as well. The Ravens kept the game from getting out of hand by scoring four of the half's final six goals, including a pair from Beville, to close the gap to 9-5 heading into halftime.

Junior goalkeeper Julia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.) made 11 saves against 28 shots on goal and took the loss (4-9) in net for Franklin Pierce. Sophomore Maria Ploof stopped 11 of 26 shots at her end of the field to pick up the win (5-11) between the pipes for SNHU.

The Ravens return to the field on Saturday, April 26, when they return home for their season finale, a Northeast-10 Conference contest against Le Moyne. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Sodexo Field in Rindge.

For more information on Franklin Pierce Athletics, please visit the official website of Franklin Pierce Athletics (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu). Also be sure to follow the Ravens through the Department of Athletics' official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens), its YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/franklinpiercesports) and its Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/FPUathletics). Fans wishing to purchase Franklin Pierce women's lacrosse apparel can do so at the Department of Athletics' online store (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu/store).

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