MERRIMACK'S SEASON-HIGH SEVEN GOALS TOO MUCH FOR ADELPHI IN SATURDAY NIGHT WIN
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College field hockey team exploded for a season-high seven-goal output, and that proved to be too much for visiting Adelphi, as the Warriors thrashed the Panthers, 7-1, in both sides' Northeast-10 Conference opener on Saturday night at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: Merrimack 7, Adelphi 1
Records: Merrimack (5-3, 1-0 NE-10) | Adelphi (4-4, 0-1 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Six different players tallied a point for the home side, as the Warriors built a 3-1 advantage through 35 minutes before dominating the second half by means of four more uncontested tallies to account for the final margin of victory.
Sophomore Katrina Squeri (Chelmsford, Mass.) opened the scoring at 1:09 of the contest before Lena Pollich accounted for Adelphi's only score of the night at 7:27. But with the game tied, Squeri tipped in a deflected shot from senior Candace Waldie (North Andover, Mass.) in the 17th minute, representing the marker that put the home side ahead for good.
Four minutes later, junior Abbey Stacey (Sidney, Maine) registered the first of her two goals on the night, diving and poking in a feed from Maura Doyle (Merrimac, Mass.) into an open net following a scrum, representing the junior defender's first-ever collegiate marker.
Ahead by two (3-1) at the break, senior Jessica Otis (Pittsford, N.Y.) opened the scoring just three minutes into the second half after hopping on a failed clear and burying it into the left side of the cage. Ten minutes later it was rookie Kaitlin McCauley (Newburyport, Mass.) who finished on her own rebound to make it 5-1 in favor of the hosts.
From there on out, Stacey teamed up with Otis for her second marker of the game at 56:40 before Waldie tipped in a shot from Otis at 68:43 to round out the scoring.
In net, sophomore Madison Davis (San Jose, Calif.) went relatively unchallenged en route to her fourth win of the year, improving to 4-1 in the process.
What They Said
Head Coach Anne Rounce: "That was a great team win and a strong start to conference play. We'll need to work hard to prepare for a tough Franklin Pierce team on the road Tuesday night."
Notes And Notables
- The win for Merrimack avenged an earlier loss this season to Adelphi, 5-1, on the road back in early September
- The Warriors have outscored their opponents by a 16-2 margin over the last three games – all victories
A Closer Look
- Merrimack dominated the shot chart, out-attempting Adelphi by a 19-5 margin, including an 8-2 edge in the second half
- Merrimack also commanded the penalty corner battle, 10-5
- Kelly Serrao finished with five saves and six goals allowed for the visitors before Amanda Borbee added one more save over the final 10:14 of the second half
- Otis registered a game-high five shot attempts, while Stacey's three shot son target tied McCauley and Waldie for the team lead
- The Warriors put 13 shots on net compared to only one for Adelphi
The Warriors hit the road again to open the month of October, traveling to Franklin Pierce this Tuesday, Oct. 1. First whistle from Rindge, N.H., is set for 6 p.m.