WINTER PARK, FL – The Merrimack women's lacrosse team was not able to pick up their first win of the season on Saturday night as they dropped a non conference game at #5 Rollins by the score of 16-7.
Merrimack (0-5, 0-4 NE-10) will return to action on Tuesday night as they will wrap up their Florida trip with a non conference game against Florida Southern at 7:00 p.m.
The first 10 minutes of each half were the deciding factor of the game as the Tars raced out to a 5-0 lead in the opening half and they also went on a 6-0 run to open up the second half to down the Warriors.
The Warriors were led offensively by junior Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) who finished the game with a team-high three goals to go along with a team-high five draw controls in the loss. Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) added to her team leading point total with two goals while Mia Rapolla (Gorham, ME) chipped in with two goals of her own and two ground balls. Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) picked up two assists and two draw controls in the defeat for the Warriors.
After the Tars took the early 5-0 lead, the Warriors were able to get on the board with their first goal as Szymanski scored her 11th goal of the season after a nice pass from Pino with 17:47 to play in the opening half.
Rollins responded with two quick goals before Huie found the back of the net on the man down opportunity with five minutes to go in the half, making the score 7-2 in favor of the home squad. The Tars ripped off three straight goals before Rapolla scored her third career goal with just 17 seconds left in the half to send the Warriors to the locker room trailing 10-3 after 30 minutes of action.
The second half didn't start out how the Warriors wanted it to as the Tars were able to extend their lead to 16-3 behind six straight goals including three straight from Angelica Perdomo. Szymanski was able to stop the run with her second goal of the night with Pino picking up her second assist with 18:26 remaining in the game, making the score 16-4 in favor of the Tars.
The Warriors played well down the stretch as they closed out the game on a 4-0 scoring run as Rapolla and Huie each scored their second goal of the game and Szymanski recorded her team leading third goal of the contest.
For the game, Merrimack was outshot 37-19 while converting on 16-of-34 clearing attempts. The Warriors lost the turnover battle once again by the margin of 21-13.
Inna Hedden (Woodbine, MD) made a season-high 16 saves in the losing effort for the Warriors while Dara Hayes (Calgary, AB) led all players with six ground balls, two caused turnovers and two draw controls.