First-year student Tom Marriott pushes the ball upfield Tuesday night. (image credit: Catherine LaChance)

Hearts are breaking across the SNHU community as No.5 Le Moyne College stunned the Southern New Hampshire Penmen in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship quarter-finals on October 31 at Larkin Field.

The Penmen and the Le Moyne Dolphins remained scoreless throughout the match, but four unanswered penalty kicks off the feet of the Dolphins forced them to advance to Friday’s semi-finals.

In the shootout, the Penmen called on redshirt-senior Robert Smith (Peabody, Massachusetts) to man the net. This was Smith’s first time in net, as junior starter Daniel Milton (Ajax, Ontario) had dominated the net in all 17 games of the season. Throughout Tuesday’s game, Milton stopped all six shots he faced.

The shootout saw Smith unsuccessfully dive for shots from the Dolphins. Smith could not capture any of the shots, allowing the Dolphins to earn a 4-2 win in penalty kicks. They went four-for-four, while junior Olafur Einarsson (Esafjordur, Iceland) and freshman Tom Marriot (Nottingham, England) captured goals for the Penmen. Le Moyne goalkeeper Ben Beaury went 11-for-11 on save opportunities.

Southern New Hampshire sees its season end in the quarterfinal round for the second straight year, following a run of four straight league titles. Had it pulled out a victory, SNHU would have hosted eighth-seeded Bentley University, who pulled off a 2-1 upset win against top-seeded Adelphi University on Tuesday, in the semifinal round Friday.

Catherine Lachance
Catherine is a junior at SNHU majoring in communications and minoring in psychology. She is in her first year as Lead Copy Editor for the Press. She previously served as Sports Editor for a year and a half. She has a passion for writing and sharing people's stories and loves interacting with the SNHU athletic community. In addition to the Press, Catherine has written professionally for Turley Publications in Palmer, Massachusetts. She is also a tennis coach at Longmeadow Country Club in Longmeadow, Massachusetts during the summer. Catherine is also working on her website, Cat's Writing Blog, where she shares all the stories she has written for press, as well as personal experiences she has gone through. She hopes to receive an internship next year at a journalism or marketing agency.

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