NORTH ANDOVER, MA– Junior April Daugherty (Wakefield, RI) became the program's all-time career points leader with a goal and two assists as the #5 Merrimack field hockey team picked up a 5-3 victory over Franklin Pierce Thursday afternoon. The Warriors improved to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Ravens dropped to 5-7 on the year and 2-2 in the league.
Jen Otis (Penacook, NH) put the home team on the board 15 minutes into the contest. Otis blasted a shot from the top of the penalty area that found the back of the net.
Katie Zubkus (Dover, NH) doubled Merrimack's lead to 2-0 as she knocked in a cross from Daugherty with 12:37 remaining in the opening half.
Sarah Salatto (Guilford, CT) extended the Warriors' advantage to three goals just before halftime. Salatto notched her fourth tally of the season as she put a cross from Daugherty into the cage.
Merrimack held a dominating advantage in shots through 35 minutes of play, 20-5. The Warriors also earned seven penalty corners while allowing just one.
The Ravens got a goal back with less than seven minutes remaining in the game. Jessica Rogers pushed a rebound into the frame to draw Franklin Pierce to within three, 4-1.
Daugherty restored Merrimack's four-goal spread with her team-leading 13th marker of the season. Jamie Spano (Reading, MA) knocked a pass to Daugherty to spring her in on a breakaway. The co-captain fired a shot past the goalkeeper and into the left corner of the cage.
Chanelle Letarte scored late in the contest to bring the Ravens back to a three-goal deficit, 5-2.
Megan Bird picked up the ball after a scramble in front of the goal and tallied Franklin Pierce's third score of the day.
Merrimack finished the contest with a 28-15 lead in shots, despite the Ravens outshooting the home team 10-8 in the second stanza.
"We played well from start to finish today and our defensive pressure was excellent," said head coach Anne Rounce. "I am extremely proud of April and her accomplishments. She has really worked hard this season and she is a special player."
Merrimack will host Saint Michael's October 12 at Martone-Mejail Field at 4 pm.