No. 20 SNHU Men's Lacrosse Gets Best Of Felician

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Pat Hemmer had 21 saves and four ground balls in a Mar. 4, 2018, loss at No. 20 Southern New Hampshire. (Steven R. Smith)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University amassed advantages of 59-19 in shots and 56-19 in ground balls in its 18-3 non-conference men's lacrosse victory over visiting Felician University on Sunday afternoon at Penmen Stadium.

Southern New Hampshire (2-0) is ranked No. 20 in the most recent national NCAA Division II coaches' poll. Felician, a first-year program, was playing the first road game in team history.

Felician freshman midfielder Jefferson Jacob (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored his first career goal. Freshman goalie Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y.) made 21 saves and picked up a team-high four ground balls in 54 minutes for the Golden Falcons (0-3).

Junior attack Tom Schutz (Trumbull, Conn.) led SNHU with five goals and added one assist. Teammate Devin Calkins (Bow, N.H.) also totaled six points, coming on two goals and four assists.

The Penmen established momentum early, tallying twice in the first minute of play. Joseph Mayernik (Pearl River, N.Y.) scored 16 seconds into the game, and Schutz followed at the 14:10 mark of the first period. The game remained 2-0 until the Penmen picked up two markers in a 39-second stretch late in the quarter. Anthony Major II (Staten Island, N.Y.) put Felician on the board with 0:39 remaining.

The Golden Falcons pulled to within 4-2 on Patrick McAndrew's (Newton, N.J.) unassisted score with 11:35 to play until halftime. Felician, however, did not score again before intermission, and the Penmen led at the half, 7-2.

Jacob's goal with 5:14 left in the third period made it 8-3, but was his team's only tally of the second half.

SNHU senior Corey Cairo (Shoreham, N.Y.) had four goals and led all players with 13 shots. The Penmen's Andrew Liu (Piedmont, Calif.) had 14 ground balls and went 17 for 20 on faceoffs.

Felician plays the first of a two-game swing to Alabama when it faces the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Thursday at 4 p.m. EST.