MERRIMACK TRIO GARNERS NE-10 WEEKLY HONORS AFTER NCAA TOURNEY WIN SATURDAY
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After their combined efforts helped the seventh-ranked Merrimack College field hockey team punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals with a 4-3, overtime victory against Stonehill on Saturday afternoon, the trio of sophomore Christine Zubkus (Dover, N.H.), classmate Madison Davis (San Jose, Calif.) and freshman Nicole Bradley (Essex, Mass.) each were named the Northeast-10 Conference Player, Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Week, respectively, on Tuesday afternoon.
Each helped contribute in a significant way during the Warriors' thrilling overtime win over the fifth-ranked Skyhawks, with Zubkus tallying the game-winning goal, Bradley accounting for the game-tying marker late in regulation, and Davis backstopping the Navy and Gold to the win.
Trailing by a goal with under eight minutes to play, Bradley, who has caught fire over the last five games with 12 points in that span (after recording just one in her previous 14), registered the most important goal of her young career at the 62:43 minute mark of the contest, taking a feed from senior Candace Waldie (North Andover, Mass.) and scoring on a scramble in front of the cage to tie the match at 3-3 with just under eight minutes to go.
Those heroics would send the contest to overtime, where Zubkus would emerge as the hero just more than eight minutes into the sudden-victory session. On a penalty corner, Zubkus took a pass from senior Jessica Otis (Pittsford, N.Y.) and buried it to send the Warriors into the National Semifinals for the third year in a row.
Meanwhile, between the posts, Davis was rock solid and limited one of the nation's most potent offenses to three goals – including one on a penalty stroke – while facing nine shot shots on target. The San Jose, Calif., native improved to 13-3 on the year while moving her goals-against average to 1.46 and save percentage to .742.
The Warriors will next face third-ranked and unbeaten LIU Post in the NCAA Semifinals this Friday, Nov. 23, at the U.S.A. Field Hockey Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. First whistle is set for 12:30 p.m., as Merrimack aims to advance to its first-ever NCAA Championship game with a win.