WORCESTER, MA – The Merrimack women's lacrosse team dropped their season opener on the road on Saturday afternoon by the score of 16-11 to the Assumption Greyhounds.
Merrimack (0-1, 0-1 NE-10) will return to the field on Saturday, March 9 as they will play host to #1 Le Moyne Dolphins in the Warriors home opener at 12 p.m.
"This was obviously a big blow to our young team today but you can't take 45 shots and only score 11 goals," said head coach Corinne Desrosiers. "In our early defensive setup we let in some quick easy goals, and paid the price for it the rest of the game. We see that we have the ability to possess for major minutes and I know this will give us the extra edge needed for a tough season ahead."
The Warriors had four players score at least two goals including Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) who led the way with three goals and one assist. Captain Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) also scored three goals while freshman Katie Trahanas (Longwood, FL) and Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) each scored two goals in the losing effort.
The Warriors trailed 11-4 heading into halftime but outscored the Greyhounds 7-5 in the second half in the loss.
Szymanski got the Warriors on the board just over five minutes into the game as she scored on her free position attempt to make the score 2-1 in favor of the home team. The Greyhounds scored three straight goals before Pino and Huie scored back-to-back goals to make the score 5-3.
Szymanski scored her second goal of the opening half with 7:12 to play in the first to make the deficit three at 7-4 but the Greyhounds finished the half off with four straight goals to send the Warriors to the locker room trailing 11-4.
Merrimack opened up the second half quick with two straight goals by Trahanas and Huie, just over a minute apart before the Greyhounds answered with a goal of their own 30 seconds after Huie's tally.
The Warriors made a strong push to get back into the game as they scored three straight goals to bring the score to 12-9 with 17:27 remaining in the game after Liz Greeley (Norwood, Mass.) scored her first goal of the young season.
The Greyhounds however, put the game away with a 4-0 run just minutes later. The Warriors made the score closer with the final two goals of the game as Pino and Huie each netted their third goals, making the final score 16-11 in favor of the home team.
For the game, Merrimack held the 45-27 advantage in shots and were nearly perfect on clearing attempts going 14-for-15 including a perfect 7-for-7 in the second half. The Warriors scooped up 30 ground balls and forced 19 Greyhound turnovers in the loss.
Inna Hedden (Woodbine, MD) made three saves in the losing effort before giving way to senior Sam Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass.) who finished off her game with four saves in the second half. Nicole Moran (Pembroke, Mass.) played well defensively for the Warriors as she scooped up three ground balls and forced one turnover while Huie scooped up a team-high five ground balls.