Bradley’s Hat Trick Propels #9 Field Hockey Over Saint Michael’s, 4-0, in Home Finale
BRADLEY (3G, 1A) LEADS NO. 9 FIELD HOCKEY TO 4-0 SHUTOUT AGAINST SAINT MICHAEL'S
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Led by a career day from freshman Nicole Bradley (Essex, Mass.) and another dominant display from the defense, the No. 9 Merrimack College field hockey team cruised to a 4-0 Northeast-10 Conference shutout victory in the team's regular-season home finale on Wednesday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: Merrimack 4, Saint Michael's 0
Records: Merrimack (11-4, 7-1 NE-10) | Saint Michael's (6-9, 3-4 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
After senior Candace Waldie (North Andover, Mass.) scored the game's opening goal in the eighth minute, it was all Bradley from there on out, as the rookie forward – who brought in just one career assist heading into the day – exploded for a seven-point, three-goal performance to lead the way offensively.
After assisting on Waldie's tally – which was the latter's team-leading 16th of the year – Bradley buried a perfect cross across the goal mouth by sophomore Taylor Ledwith (Springfield, Mass.) into the right side of the cage to make it a 2-0 Merrimack lead in the 12th minute of the contest, and the hosts would not allow a single shot attempt for the Purple Knights over the remainder of the opening half.
It didn't take Bradley very long to add to the lead in the second frame; in the 45th minute, fellow freshman Maura Doyle (Merrimac, Mass.) sent a slapper diagonally across from left to right in the circle, and at the other end was Bradley, who dove and poked it in her for second of the game.
Not even five minutes later, Bradley rounded out the day by deflecting in a strong drive from sophomore Katrina Squeri (Chelmsford, Mass.), making it a four-goal lead that would stand the rest of the way.
Sophomore Madison Davis (San Jose, Calif.) turned away the only shot she saw for her fourth shutout of the season, while junior Katie Bishop (Conway, N.H.) added a defensive save to keep the clean sheet intact.
A Closer Look
- The win for Merrimack was its season-high fifth straight, and during that span, Merrimack has outscored the opposition by a 18-2 margin
- Overall, Merrimack has now won 9-of-10 dating over a month ago to Sept. 21
- Merrimack dominated the shot chart with a 16-2 edge in attempts, with 14 of those on target
- Saint Michael's goalkeeper Jackie Chisholm was impressive on the other end, recording nine saves on the day
- Merrimack also held a 7-2 advantage in penalty corners, with four in the first half and three in the second
Top-six qualify for postseason
- LIU Post (8-0)
- Stonehill (7-0)
- Merrimack (7-1)
- Bentley (3-3)
- Saint Michael's (3-4)
- So. Connecticut (3-5)
- Adelphi (2-4)
- AIC (2-4)
- Saint Anselm (2-5)
- Franklin Pierce (1-6)
- Assumption (0-6)
Merrimack hits the road for a Western Massachusetts trip to American International on Saturday (Oct. 26). First whistle against the Yellow Jackets is set for 5 p.m. from Springfield, Mass.