NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack women's lacrosse team picked up their second straight home victory on Wednesday night over the Saint Michael's Purple Knights by the score of 15-2. Senior captain Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) led the Warriors with four goals and two assists in the win.
Merrimack (2-6, 1-4 NE-10) will hit the road on Saturday for a non conference game against the #1 LIU Post Pioneers in the Town of Oyster Bay's Battle at Bethpage III, held at 10 a.m. at Bethpage High School. It is part of a doubleheader that will feature St. Johns men's lacrosse taking on Georgetown at 2 p.m. Proceeds go to the Bethpage Educational Foundation.
The Warriors dominated the game from start to finish on Wednesday as they opened the game with a 10-0 scoring run as they led 8-0 after the first 30 minutes of action. The Warriors also scored five straight goals midway through the second half to down the Purple Knights.
Pino finished the game with a season-high six points and a game-high seven draw controls for the Warriors while junior Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) scored four goals on five shots. Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, PA) continued her solid play for the Warriors with two goals and an assist while Mia Rapolla (Gorham, ME) finished with two goals and a team-high five ground balls and Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) found the back of the net twice and recorded three draw controls.
The Warriors scored three goals within the first three minutes of the game to take the early lead on Saint Michael's. Huie scored the opening goal of the game after a pass from Stouffer while Rapolla and Szymanski also recorded goals. Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) picked up her first assist of the season on Rapolla's sixth goal of the season.
The Warriors closed out the opening half with five straight goals to take the 8-0 lead into the locker room. Pino found the back of the net three times and recorded an assist on Stouffer's sixth goal of the year. Huie also picked up her second goal of the half during the run for the Warriors. Merrimack controlled the tempo of the game in the first as they won 7-of-9 draws.
Huie and Szymanski each recorded their 17th goals of the season to open up the second half before the Purple Knights were able to get their first goal which was scored by Crystal King, making the score 10-1 in favor of the home squad.
Over the next 10 minutes the Warriors scored three straight goals as Huie, Pino and Stouffer each picked up markers. The final two goals of the night for Merrimack came from a Rapolla free position attempt and the first career goal for Shealyn Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) after a perfect pass from Katherine Millin (Norwood, Mass.).
The Purple Knights scored the final goal of the game with 4:24 to play as Courtney Piper beat Inna Hedden (Woodbine, MD) to give the Warriors the 15-2 win.
For the game, Merrimack dominated most offensive categories as they outshot Saint Michael's 30-15 and winning the draw control battle by the score of 12-7. The Warriors defense also forced 18 Purple Knight turnovers.
Heddan stood tall between the pipes for the Warriors as she made nine saves while allowing a season low two goals against. Defensively, Kristin Elliott (Amherst, NH) and Olivia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.) each finished the game with two caused turnovers and three ground balls in the victory.