NEW HAVEN, CT – The #11 Merrimack women's lacrosse team defeated the Southern Connecticut State Owls on Saturday afternoon by the score of 21-3. The Warriors were powered offensively by Colleen Strachan (Bedford, Mass.) who finished the game with six goals and two assists.
"Today was a necessary win for our playoff push," said head coach Corinne Baker. "It was good to see our offensive firepower come from so many individuals. We will take this win and use the momentum for Wednesday against Saint Michael's."
Strachan led all players on the afternoon with eight points to bring her team-high season total to 51 points. Four other Warriors scored at least two goals in the victory including Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) who scored three times, Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) who scored two goals, Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) who scored two goals and Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) who also recorded two goals.
The Warriors opened up the first half on a 10-0 scoring run to give them the early advantage and opened up the second half on a 9-0 scoring run to put the game out of reach.
Strachan would open up the scoring for the Warriors less than 30 seconds into the first half as she connected on an unassisted goal. Senior Mary Pasquantonio (Plainville, Mass.) would find the back of the net to make the score 2-0 with 25:57 remaining in the first half.
The Warriors would connect on eight more goals over the next 20 minutes to extend their lead to 10-0 with 7:51 remaining. Strachan connected on four goals during the 10-0 scoring run and Palombo connected on two.
The Owls would connect on their first goal of the afternoon just over two minutes later as Jessica Shaw recorded her 19th goal on the season, making the score 10-1 in favor of the Warriors. Kelly Metzger (Trumbull, CT) and Huie would add two late goals to give Merrimack the 12-1 lead at halftime.
The Warriors outshot the Owls 27-9 in the first 30 minutes of action and both teams controlled seven draws. Merrimack went 7-10 on clearing attempts and 1-4 on free position opportunities in the opening half.
Strachan and Dara Hayes (Calgary, Alberta) opened up the second half scoring for the Warriors increasing the lead to 14-1. Casey MacNeil (Waltham, Mass.) would connect on her first goal of the season at the 17:03 mark of the second half to give the Warriors the commanding 18-1 lead.
The Warriors would score three more goals over the next 11 minutes to give them the 21-1 lead before the Owls ended the second half scoring run of the Warriors with two goals of their own to finish off the contest, making the final score 21-3 in favor of Merrimack.
Merrimack outshot Southern Connecticut 44-18 for the game while also going 3-6 in free position opportunities. The Warriors and Owls both controlled 13 draws on the afternoon but the owls committed 17 turnovers to the Warriors 10.
Sam Kiesel (Andover, Mass.) continued her solid play between the pipes for Merrimack picking up the victory while making 10 saves. Her counterpart Lynette Martinez made 11 saves in the defeat for the Owls.
Katherine Millin (Norwood, Mass.) finished off the game with a goal and an assist off the bench for the Warriors. Jennifer Cronin (Norwell, Mass.) continued her strong defensive play causing a team-high two turnovers and scooping up three groundballs. Pino finished with four total points while Szymanski finished with three in the victory.
Merrimack (5-7, 5-5 NE-10) will stay on the road for a conference game on Tuesday April 17 against Saint Michael's at 4:00 pm.