March 16, 2013

Women’s Lacrosse Handed 20-7 Loss By #4 Adelphi

GARDEN CITY, NY – The Merrimack women's lacrosse team dropped their third straight road contest on Saturday afternoon to the #4 Adelphi Panthers by the score of 20-7.

Merrimack (0-3, 0-3 NE-10) will return to the field on Monday, March 18 for a 7 pm contest with Southern New Hampshire on the road.

"We came out slow in the first half and couldn't stop their run of goals," said head coach Corinne Desrosiers. "I thought we played a lot better in the second half which we will hope to build on going forward.

The turning point of the game was the first half of play as the Warriors were not able to get anything going offensively, falling behind by the score of 11-2 after 30 minutes. Merrimack could not climb out of the nine goal hole in the second half, falling 20-7.

The Warriors were led offensively by senior captain Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) who finished with a team-high three goals while junior Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) found the back of the net three times as well. Liz Greeley (Norwood, Mass.) and Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) were the only other Warriors to record a point in the losing effort.

After allowing the Panthers to open the game on a 11-0 scoring run through the first 29 minutes of the half, Merrimack broke through with two straight goals in the final 25 seconds to make the score 11-2. Szymanski scored her first goal of the game after a nice assist from Huie at the 21 second mark and then after a draw control by the Warriors, Szymanski scored her second of the game on a free position attempt with no time left on the clock.

The Panthers dominated the opening half of play as they outshot the Warriors 21-9 through the first 30 minutes of action.

After Adelphi scored the first two goals of the second half, Pino found the back of the net for the seventh time on the season with a free position goal to make the score 13-3 with 22:17 left in the game. Pino connected on the next two Warriors goals in the half to make the score 15-5 with 11:49 to play.

The Warriors and Panthers traded two goals each over the next five minutes as Szymanski and Greeley scored for Merrimack. The home team cashed in on the final three goals of the game to take the 20-7 victory.

For the game, Merrimack was outshot 35-16 while converting on 10-of-15 clearing attempts while the Panthers went 12-for-15 on their attempts.

Inna Hedden (Woodbine, MD) made eight saves in the losing effort while her counterpart Jordann Dempsey made only four saves in the win. Dara Hayes (Calgary, AB) led the Warriors with two caused turnovers and two ground balls in the loss.