In a season which yielded numerous awards and accolades, the Merrimack field hockey team also rewrote the program record books along the way. This fall, team-firsts were accomplished and program-highs were increased.
The Warriors are just days away from making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Merrimack was awarded the top seed in the North Region and a first-round bye, sending it to the Final Four in Bloomsburg, PA. The Warriors will be facing a familiar foe for a trip to the national championship game as they will meet UMass Lowell November 11.
Merrimack posted the most wins in program history this fall with a 17-2 record heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Warriors captured their first-ever Northeast-10 Conference regular season title this season with a perfect 10-0 mark in league games.
The Warriors garnered their highest national ranking ever in the NFHCA final poll of 2011. Merrimack earned the No. 3 spot in the national rankings to close out the year. The previous mark was set in 2009 when the Warriors were ranked eighth nationally. Merrimack eclipsed that early in the season as it was awarded the No. 7 slot.
Head coach Anne Rounce, a 2007 graduate of Merrimack, was voted the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year. Rounce becomes the first coach of the Warriors to take home the award.
Junior April Daugherty (Wakefield, RI) became the first player in program history to be named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year this season. She was selected to the Northeast-10 All-Conference first team for the second time in her career.
Daugherty broke records for all-time career points, goals and shots on goal this season. She currently ranks first all-time with 1.96 points per game in her career. As a sophomore, Daugherty set the program mark for assists in a career.
The junior co-captain became the first player in Merrimack field hockey history to amass 100 career points as she currently stands at 108. She has tallied 40 career goals and dished out 28 assists.
Daugherty and Jen Otis (Penacook, NH) are tied for second on the all-time list for game-winning goals in a career with nine each.
This season, Daugherty set new season-highs with 50 points, 22 goals, six game-winners and 2.63 points per contest.
Junior goalkeeper Kerri Bergquist (Mashpee, MA) was named the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Goalie of the Year, the second time a Merrimack goalkeeper earned the distinction.
Bergquist owns the single-season top marks for save percentage (.881) and goals-against average (0.90). Her 17 victories and nine shutouts this year rank first all-time in program history.
The juniors holds the career record for saves per game (8.44) while eclipsing the all-time wins and shutout totals with 38 victories and 16 clean sheets.
Senior co-captain Caitlin Kamide (Southbury, CT) enters the NCAA Tournament tied for the program-record with 14 defensive saves. Last season, she turned in the second-highest single-season total with six defensive saves.
Senior Victoria DeLacey (Charlton, MA) has appeared in a program-best 78 career games and has made 73 starts, the most in Merrimack history.
The Warriors will look to become just the third team in school history to reach the national title game. The 1978 hockey team and 1994 softball team both made it to the NCAA Tournament championship contest and prevailed.