Salatto's OT Goal Gives #5 Field Hockey 2-1 Win; Set for Showdown with #4 Lowell Tuesday
SPRINGFIELD, MA - Sarah Salatto's (Guilford, CT) overtime goal gave the #5 Merrimack field hockey team a 2-1 victory at American International Saturday afternoon, extending Merrimack's school-record unbeaten streak to 14 games.
Also setting a program-record with 14 wins on the season, Merrimack turns its focus the defending National Champion #4 UMass Lowell. The teams will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Martone-Mejail Field in a game that will likely decide the Northeast-10 Regular Season Champion.
The Warriors improved to 14-1 overall and 8-0-0 in the league with the win. The loss drops the Yellow Jackets to 9-6 on the season and 4-3 in the conference.
April Daugherty (Wakefield, RI) became the first player in program history to collect 100 career points as she tallied the game's opening score 21:03 into the second half. Daugherty's marker gave Merrimack a 1-0 lead with just over 14 minutes remaining.
American International knotted the contest at 1-1 moments later as Amanda McLean found the back of the net. Kristen Angeletti picked up an assist on the equalizer for the Yellow Jackets.
The two sides were tangled in a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation, forcing sudden-victory overtime.
Salatto netted the overtime game-winner for her fifth score of the year.
Merrimack ended the match with a 34-27 advantage in shots, including a 19-11 edge in shots on frame. The Warriors claimed 10 penalty corners on the day and conceded 15.
Kerri Bergquist (Mashpee, MA) recorded her 14th victory of the season with an 11-save effort between the pipes.
"We played against a great team today and it was a tough fought battle," said head coach Anne Rounce. "Our leaders came up huge for the team today and showed how to play hard. We will refocus and get ready to play Tuesday."