NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The #11 Merrimack women's lacrosse team was defeated on Saturday afternoon by the #5 C.W. Post Pioneers by the score of 20-10.
"We didn't play a full 60 minutes today," said head coach Corinne Baker. "CW Post is a very good team and we gave them way too many chances in close and they finished their opportunities. We will make adjustments and be ready for a good Bentley team on Tuesday."
Playing in only her second game of the season Mary Pasquantonio (Plainville, Mass.) led the Warriors once again with three goals. Leading scorer Colleen Strachan (Bedford, Mass.) recorded two goals and two assists on the afternoon. Alicia Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) played well scoring two goals and adding one assist in the defeat.
CW Post opened up the game scoring the first two goals just over five minutes into the first half. Tinsley and Pasquantonio added goals for the Warriors to even the score 2-2 with 22:02 showing on the clock.
CW Post would extend their lead to three as Abbie Ross found the back of the net for the Pioneers to make the score 5-2. Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) would respond with a goal of her own just over a minute later cutting the deficit to two.
The Pioneers would go on a 4-0 run over the next six minutes to extend the score to 9-3 with just over three minutes remaining in the half. The Warriors would score three of the final four goals in the half to trail 10-6.
The Warriors were outshot 17-13 in the opening half but they were able to win nine draw controls compared to the Pioneers eight. The Warriors committed 10 turnovers in the first half and caused nine CW Post turnovers.
The Warriors opened up the second half striking first as Pasquantonio scored on a great diving goal after a Szymanski pass, cutting the deficit to three early in the second half. The Pioneers would respond with two quick goals before Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) picked up her first goal of the game after a nice pass from Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.).
The Pioneers would put the game away right after the Huie goal as they went on an 8-0 scoring run that made the score 19-8 with 11 minutes to play in the game.
The Warriors would close out the game scoring the final two goals as Strachan and Katherine Millin (Norwood, Mass.) would both find the back of the net, making the final score 20-10 in favor of the Pioneers.
In net, Sam Kiesel (Andover, Mass.) made eight saves while the CW Post goaltenders combined for 13 saves on the afternoon. Sarah Salatto (Guilford, CT) and Olivia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.) each scooped up a team-high three groundballs on the afternoon for the Warriors.
For the game the Warriors totaled 26 shots, went 12-16 on clearing attempts and collected 15 draw controls while committing 16 turnovers.
The Warriors (4-5, 4-3 NE-10) will return to Martone-Mejail Field on Tuesday April 10 for a 7 pm game against Bentley as a part of Senior Day.