Southern New Hampshire vs. Dowling
March 15, 2008
The Game Story:
No. 5 Dowling Fends Off Men's Lacrosse 15-10
Saturday, March 15, 2008
SNHU Sports Information

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Nick Cotter (Whitby, Ontario) totaled six goals to lead No. 5 Dowling College to a 15-10 men’s lacrosse victory over Southern New Hampshire University Saturday at Larkin Field. The Golden Lions improve to 5-1 on the season, while it marked the season opener for the Penmen.

John McClure (Brampton, NY) was the only other Dowling player with multiple goals as he struck for three goals and an assist. Kyle O’Brien (Whitby, NY) and Eddie Hoctor (Selden, NY) each added a goal and an assist for the Golden Lions.

Sophomore Mike Ball (Salem, NH) led Southern New Hampshire with four goals on the afternoon, while his brother, junior Sean Ball (Salem, NH) totaled three goals and an assist. John Delanoy (Lansdale, PA) handed out three assists while freshman Keith Merluzzo (Billerica, MA) added a goal and an assist. Chris Dindler (Stepheney, Australia) and Gary McKay (Billerica, MA) had SNHU’s other goals.

Dowling led by five goals three times, the last coming 2:58 into the fourth quarter when Kenny Wenke (West Babylon, NY) scored a man-down goal to make it 12-7. The Penmen would rally with three unanswered goals, and Sean Ball’s goal with 9:47 to play made it 12-10. However, the Golden Lions would hold SNHU scoreless the rest of the way and added three more goals over the final 5:21.

Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 2-0 lead 4:34 into the contest. Sean Ball scored just 32 seconds into the contest on a feed from Spencer Rennick (Peabody, MA) to make it 1-0, and another Sean Ball goal at the 4:34 mark gave the Penmen a two-goal lead. Dowling would score three times in the rest of the frame, with a McClure goal 22 seconds before the end of the quarter giving the guests a 3-2 lead after one period.

Nick Tracey (Farmingville, NY) went the distance in goal for Dowling and made 13 saves en route to the victory. Eric Gunst (Exeter, NH) took the loss in net for SNHU, playing the final 19:17 in relief of starting goalie Mickey Hover (Montgomery, NJ) and allowing five goals and making five saves. Hover stopped 11 shots and allowed 10 goals.

Dowling outshot Southern New Hampshire 43-40. The Penmen were 4-9 on extra-man opportunities while the Golden Lions were 3-6.