NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The #11 Merrimack women's lacrosse team denied the Southern New Hampshire Penmen the victory on Wednesday night, holding onto a 13-12 victory. Mary Pasquantonio (Plainville, Mass.) led the way for the Warriors in her first action of the season, scoring three goals.
"We have seen better days in regards to team play," said head coach Corinne Baker. "But we had some individuals step up today and preserve this win for us. Sam Kiesel played great in net and Mary Pasquantonio's presence back on the field was a boost to the team's morale."
Colleen Strachan (Bedford, Mass.) recorded three goals and two assists in the game to give her 33 points so far this season. Alicia Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) found the back of the net three times as well for the Warriors. Sophomore Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) scored twice and had two assists in the victory.
Southern New Hampshire would make a late 3-0 run to cut the Merrimack lead to one but Sam Kiesel (Andover, Mass.) would make a huge save with under a minute to go on a free position attempt to preserve the victory for the Warriors.
The Penmen struck first scoring just over a minute into the game as Emily Mongeau found the back of the net on her first shot of the game. Merrimack would respond with two quick goals to give them the 2-1 lead as Strachan and Tinsley both racked up their first of the game.
Southern New Hampshire would tie the game at two before the Warriors went on a 3-0 run over the next eight minutes as the Warriors picked up goals from Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.), Strachan and Tinsley.
Szymanski and Nicole Moran (Pembroke, Mass.) would find the back of the net to give the Warriors the 7-3 lead with 5:01 showing on the first half clock.
Mongeau would score her third of the game to bring the Penmen within three before Pasquantonio would score on back-to-back occasions with assists going to Liz Greeley (Norwood, Mass.) and Strachan, giving the Warriors the 9-4 lead heading into half.
Merrimack outshot the Penmen 19-15 in the first half of action and were also successful on 10 of 11 clearing attempts. The Warriors went three for six in free position attempts in the first half as well.
The Penmen opened up the second half scoring on a free position attempt before the Warriors scored two quick goals to make the score 11-5.
Southern New Hampshire made a 4-0 run in the middle of the second half to come within two goals of the Warriors. With the pressure mounting the Warriors looked to Pasquantonio to score a big goal and she did. Pasquantonio scored on a free position attempt to give her 30 for her career, a school record. The Warriors would score another goal, making the score 13-9 with 4:08 remaining in the game.
The Penmen would close out the game on a 3-0 run but they could not score the game tying goal down the stretch allowing the Warriors to preserve the 13-12 victory.
Sarah Salatto (Guilford, CT) played well defensively causing one turnover and scooping up a team-high four groundballs for the Warriors. Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) caused a team-high two turnovers while also grabbing two groundballs and two draw controls on the night.
In net, Kiesel made 13 saves on the night and her counterpart recorded seven for the Penmen.
The Warriors (4-4, 4-3 NE-10) will stay at home for a non conference matchup on Saturday April 7 at 12 pm against #5 C.W. Post.