#10 Women’s Lacrosse Upended by #9 New Haven, 18-8

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The #10 Merrimack women's lacrosse team was defeated by the #9 New Haven Chargers on Saturday afternoon by the score of 18-8. The loss drops the Warriors to 2-3 (2-2 NE-10) on the season and New Haven improves to 5-0 (2-0 NE-10).

"We have the talent but if we continue to play as individuals we will suffer," said head coach Corinne Baker. "Our goal moving forward is to learn as a team and build momentum with a win on Tuesday."

Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.)
led the way offensively for the Warriors on the afternoon scoring three goals on six shots. Liz Greeley (Norwood, Mass.) chipped in with two goals for the Warriors while Alicia Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Colleen Strachan (Bedford, Mass.) and Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) each collected one goal.

The Chargers opened up the half scoring the first three goals of the game giving them the early lead with 23:59 showing on the first half clock. Szymanski responded quickly for the Warriors scoring the first goal of the game as she got to the cage after a great individual move.

New Haven would score the next two goals to give them the 5-1 lead with 14:06 remaining in the opening half. Pino would cut the lead to 5-2 as she scored off of a great pass from Sarah Salatto (Guilford, CT).

The Chargers responded with four straight goals to take the commanding 9-2 lead with 3:26 to play in the first half. Greeley would score with just over a minute left on a free position attempt, to make the score 9-3. The half would end with Sarah Magnone scoring the final goal making the halftime lead 10-3 in favor of the Chargers.

The Chargers held the 18-8 advantage in shots in the opening half and in groundball, 12-8. Merrimack was 7-8 in clear attempts in the opening half and the Chargers were 8-9. The Warriors scored on their only extra-man opportunity of the half.

New haven started the second half on a 3-0 run before the Warriors responded with two straight goals scored by Greeley and Strachan. Tinsley would score with 12:12 remaining in the contest after a Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) pass led her straight to the cage, making the score 15-6 in favor of the Chargers.

Pino would finish the afternoon scoring back-to-back goals for the Warriors to make the score 17-8 in favor of the Chargers. Kassi Grant would score with 37 seconds to play to make the final score 18-8.

The Warriors finished the game with 20 shots and scooped up 15 groundballs. On clear attempts the Warriors and Chargers both were successful on 16 of 18 attempts. Inna Hedden (Woodbine, MD.) finished the game with four saves while backup goaltender Sam Kiesel (Andover, Mass.) finished the game with four saves as well. Chargers goalie Maureen Spellman finished with eight saves in the victory.

The Warriors (2-3, 2-2 NE-10) will travel to play conference foe AIC on Tuesday March 27 at 4 pm.