LAKELAND, FL – The Merrimack women's lacrosse team was defeated on Tuesday night on the road at Florida Southern by the score of 19-10.
Merrimack (0-7, 0-4 NE-10) hosts Dowling in its home opener Saturday at 1 p.m.
The turning point of the game came with 11:05 to play in the opening half as the Mocs closed out the half on a game-high four goal scoring run to take the five goal halftime lead that they would not give back.
The Warriors had three players finish the game with two goals, Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) who also scooped up a team-high six ground balls, Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) and Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.). Starting goalie Inna Hedden (Woodbine, MD) finished her game with a season-high 15 saves and five ground balls in the loss for the Warriors.
Florida Southern opened the scoring less than a minute into action but Pino answered for the Warriors with a quick goal to make the score 1-1. After another Mocs goal, Mia Rapolla (Gorham, ME) and and Huie scored back-to-back goals to give Merrimack their first lead of the game at 3-2.
Over the next four minutes the Mocs took over the lead with three straight goals before Syzmanski made the score 5-4 in favor of the home squad. Liz Greeley (Norwood, Mass.) scored her fourth goal of the season just over two minutes later to make the score 6-5, Mocs.
Florida Southern then finished off the half on a 4-0 scoring run to take the big 10-5 advantage into the locker room.
The Warriors opened the second half strong with two straight goals to make the score 10-7 in favor of the home squad. The two Warriors goals were scored by Pino and Szymanski, their second markers of the game.
The Mocs didn't waste much time to put the game out of reach as they scored three quick goals to make the score 13-7. Over the final seven minutes of the contest, the Warriors were outscored 6-3 with the three goals for the Warriors going to Christine Keenan (Byfield, Mass.) on a free position attempt, Kayla Breton (Windham, NH) and Huie.
For the game, Florida Southern held the slim 38-33 advantage in shots while the two teams each racked up 32 ground balls. The Warriors lost the turnover battle by the score of 24-21 while Merrimack finished 15-for-24 on their clearing attempts and the Mocs went 14-for-20.