Penmen hockey struggle, but find basketball wins

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It’s December 8, 2019. Here’s what’s been going on lately in Southern New Hampshire University sports.

Joe Fiorino (Plymouth, Mass.) Promotional photo

Women’s Basketball

Senior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) led the Penmen with 17 points, helping lead the way to a 61-59 thriller win against New York Institute of Technology on Saturday.

Southern New Hampshire trailed by two points with less than three minutes remaining in the first quarter when it reeled off a 20-2 run, led by nine points from senior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and six from Dean, to grab its largest lead of the afternoon at 32-16 just over a minute-and-a-half into the second quarter.

The Penmen lead was 12 with under a minute left in the third stanza when NYIT scored nine straight to slash its deficit to just three at 48-45 with under eight minutes to go. The Bears would get as close as two with less than four ticks left, but senior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

The Penmen (7-3) are back in action Saturday, Dec. 14 (1:30 p.m.) when they play host to Goldey-Beacom College in non-conference action at the Stan Spirou Field House.

Men’s Basketball

Juniors Michael Almonacy (Brentwood, N.Y.) and Eammon Joyce (Medford, Mass.) had 23 and 20 points respectively in a solid 84-74 victory for SNHU against Queens College on Saturday.

Southern New Hampshire trailed by one in the final minute of the first half when a pair of layups sent the Penmen to the locker room with a 43-39 lead. That also set off what would be a 14-2 run to widen the advantage to 52-41 less than two-and-a-half minutes into the second stanza. Joyce took care of second part of the run, drilling 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions.

SNHU now has captured three straight wins, and improves to 2-0 all-time against Queens.

The Penmen (7-2) are back in action Saturday, Dec. 10 (7 p.m.) when they take on Bentley University.

Men’s Ice Hockey

The Penmen dropped two games over the weekend, falling 5-2 to Assumption on Saturday after losing 5-2 to Saint Michael’s on Friday.

In the Friday loss, the Penmen’s goals came from freshman George Thurston and Joe Fiorino (Willow Grove, Pa.), both coming on the power play.

On Saturday, the Penmen returned home to the Ice Den, but Freshman Tim Usalis (Danvers, Mass.) was the only thing separating SNHU from a shutout.

The goal was the first of Usalis’ career, coming off a pass from Thurston at 10:08 in the second period.

The Penmen (6-5-0, 4-2-0 Northeast-10) will have five weeks off until the next game against Becker College on January 11 at 7:50 p.m. at the Ice Den.


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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.