March 6, 2013
MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Grand Valley State scored nine second-half goals to defeat Southern New Hampshire, 15-10, and pick up its first win of the 2013 campaign on Wednesday afternoon at Larkin Field.
Southern New Hampshire got on the board first before sophomore Victoria Devine answered with an unassisted goal of her own. Senior Allyson Fritts put the Lakers ahead at the 16:30 mark where they remained until SNH notched three goals in the final three minutes of the half to tie it 6-6 heading into the break.
Grand Valley State came out of half time with renewed energy and scored the its next three goals within the first six minutes of the second stanza to lead 9-6 with 24:11 to play.
The Lakers then limited the Penmen to two goals in 15 minutes for a 10-8 score in GVSU's favor. Grand Valley State then went on a 5-0 run lead by two of Fritts' team-high four goals for a 15-8 lead with 4:44 to play.
Lindsay Buckman notched back-to-back goals for SNH, but the GVSU defense limited the Penmen to just two shots over the final three minutes for the Lakers' first win of the season.
In the net, sophomore Audrey Kobe picked up 13 saves. Maria Ploof had seven in the loss.
Despite struggling to score in the second half, Southern New Hampshire held the lead in almost every statistical category. The Penmen owned a 35-29 edge in shots, a 15-12 advantage in draw controls and a 28-22 margin in ground balls.
Grand Valley State travels to Saint Anselm on Saturday, March 9. The first draw is scheduled for 11 a.m.