Terriers Victorious in Season Opener Over Rivier

Terriers Victorious in Season Opener Over Rivier

NASHUA, N.H. - Erin Nelligan and Jennifer Day combine for 10 goals as the Terriers women's lacrosse team cruised to a 14-7 victory on the road over Rivier University in the season-opener for both teams on Sunday afternoon.

Thomas jumped out to a quick start, scoring the contest's first four goals. Day got the scoring started at the 28:57 minute mark as she scored on her first shot attempt on the day, with the assist from Nelligan. The Terriers would strike again only 35 seconds later as Nelligan netted her first goal on the season on the assist by Sophia LaVallee.

Day would add her second goal on a free position shot, and less than a minute later Brittany Premo would score her first goal for the 4-0 Terrier lead.

The Raiders would end the half on a 4-2 run to close the Thomas lead down to 6-4 at the intermission. Day and Nelligan scored twice each in the half, while Premo and Samantha Greenlaw each scored once.

Goalkeeper Allie McCarthy recorded six first-half saves for the Terriers. Each team turned it over nine times, while Rivier held slight advantages in draw controls (6-5) and ground balls (11-10).

In the second half, the Terriers came out firing, scoring six unanswered goals to extend their halftime lead of two up to eight with 10:56 remaining in the game. Nelligan would add three more goals, with two coming from the free position. Day added two more goals and Premo added another.

The Raiders then responded with three unanswered goals of their own, but Thomas ended any thought of a rally with two goals to close out the game. 

Nelligan finished with six goals, two assists and three groundballs for the game, Day put in four goals and scooped up two groundballs. Premo scored twice, while Greenlaw and LaVallee each scored once. 

In goal, McCarthy registered 12 saves on 19 shots faced to earn the win.

The Raiders were led by Amanda Wickens and Taylor Lirakis with three goals apiece.