MANCHESTER, N.H. – No. 15 Southern New Hampshire scored three second-half goals en route to a 3-0 win against seventh-ranked UMass-Lowell on Wednesday. The Penmen improved to 12-2 and 8-2 in the NE-10, while the River Hawks suffered their first conference loss of the season and fell to 11-2-1 and 10-1 in NE-10 action.
The win, coupled with ties by Merrimack and Franklin Pierce, moved Southern New Hampshire into second place in the Northeast-10 standings.
After a scoreless first half, Southern New Hampshire got on the board 14:36 into the second half. Chris Tsonis played a ball from the right endline to Miguel Carneiro, who fired from 10 yards into the upper right corner of the goal for his third goal of the season.
Jordan Branco made it 2-0 in the 68th minute. After taking a pass from Tsonis, he found himself against a River Hawk defender at the top of the box. Branco tipped the ball to his right, then fired low inside the near right post for his fourth goal of the season. Chris Pereira added an insurance goal with 7:20 left when he found himself all alone after UML keeper Chris Maierle came out to play Tsonis. Pereira took the deflected ball and walked in alone for his second goal of the season.
Dom DiMaggio made one save to pick up his seventh shutout of the season, while Maierle turned aside eight shots. Southern New Hampshire held a commanding 25-6 shot advantage and took nine corner kicks to UMass-Lowell’s one.