NORTH ANDOVER, MA- The Merrimack field hockey team recently held its annual alumni game at Martone-Mejail Field April 14. The Warriors welcomed back to campus 19 former players.
"We had a great turnout on a beautiful day for our alumni game," said head coach Anne Rounce. "It was great to have everyone back on campus. We have a great group of alumni and we appreciate all of their support. Their support definitely has helped with the growth of our program."
Graduating seniors Elizabeth Lincoln, Victoria DeLacey, Caitlin Kamide and Stephanie Heasman competed against their former teammates as they played for the alumni squad. The alumni team also included Jenna Barbato, Kate Gisonno, Krista Gordon, Kelly Pasquantonio, Maggie Florence, Jessica DeLacey, Amy Larrabee, Keri Gerrish, Meag Nugent, Katie Walker, Ali Frazier Gilroy, Amy Gadwah McKenney, Meg Dassatti Mechler, Kim Bonner Devine and Colleen Keeley Volpicelli.
Merrimack captured its first-ever Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season Title in 2011 with an 11-0 mark in league action. The Warriors reached the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament title game before falling to UMass Lowell.
Merrimack reached its first-ever NCAA Tournament, earning the top seed in the North Region and a bye to the Final Four in Bloomsburg, PA.
The Warriors boasted four All-Americans this season as Jen Otis (Penacook, NH), Katie Zubkus (Dover, NH) and Kerri Bergquist (Mashpee, MA) all earned their first career nods. April Daugherty (Wakefield, RI) became the first player in program history to repeat as an NFCA All-American while also becoming the first player to be named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year.
Merrimack finished the 2011 campaign ranked #3 in the NFCA National Poll, the highest in program history. The Warriors posted a 17-4 overall record, the best record in team history. Merrimack strung together 17-consecutive wins this fall, the longest winning streak among all sports in school history.