Nashua, NH, Raider Field – The Rivier University Raiders (5 – 3, 3 – 1 GNAC) fell to the Emmanuel College Saints (6 – 2, 6 – 0 GNAC) 11 – 3 tonight in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference matchup. Emmanuel used a five goal run over ten minutes in the 1st half to open up a 6 – 1 lead. The Raiders worked to respond, scoring two goals to close out the 1st half and pull within three at 6 – 3 going into the half. Rivier was able to put together some stretches of possession in the 2nd half but they were unable to find the back of the net. The Saints goalie Lauren White (Sophomore – Lynnfield, MA) made some timely saves to keep the Raider attack at bay. At the other end, Emmanuel was able to tack on 5 more strikes and wrap up the 11 – 3 win.
On the night, the Raiders were led by Rebecca Wickens (Senior - Tyngsboro, MA) 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Savannah Neuwirt (Junior - Newbury, NH) 1 goal, 1 ground ball; and Jessica Amaral (Senior - E. Providence, RI) 1 goal, 1 ground ball. Danielle Moran (Sophomore - San Diego, CA) put up 13 saves in goal for Rivier.
The visiting Saints were paced by Kristen Tuleja (Sophomore – Mansfield, MA) 4 goals, 4 ground balls; Sarah Higgins (Sophomore – Groveland, MA) 1 goal, 6 ground balls; Emily Baker (Freshmen – Stratham – NH) 2 goals; Sarah Wootten (Junior – Berlin, MD) 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 ground balls; Alexia Basile (Junior – West Hartford, CT) 1 goal, 1 assist; and Amanda Cook (Freshmen – Saco, ME) 1 goal, 1 ground ball. In goal Lauren White made 9 saves and had 1 ground ball.
The Raiders return to action this Saturday, April 5th at home against Johnson and Wales University in a GNAC Conference game. Emmanuel plays Maine Farmington in a home contest on April 3rd at 7:00 pm.