NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Behind a season-high five goal effort by junior Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.), the Merrimack women; lacrosse team defeated AIC on Tuesday afternoon by the score of 13-4.
Merrimack (3-7, 2-4 NE-10) will return to action tomorrow at 1 pm as they play host to the Le Moyne Dolphins.
Szymanski led the Warriors offensive attack all afternoon as she finished with a season-high five goals and one assist to go with three ground balls and three draw controls. Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) finished off her day with two goals and two assists while Mia Rapolla (Gorham, ME) scored two goals and one assist. Sam Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass.) started her first game of the season and made a season-high 14 saves while allowing four goals and scooping up five ground balls. Caitlin Enright (North Andover, Mass.) led the Warriors defense with four caused turnovers and two ground balls in the victory.
The Yellow Jackets opened up the scoring just two minutes into the game but the Warriors responded quickly with three straight goals, two from Szymanski and one from Huie. AIC scored the next goal two minutes after the Huie tally, making the score 4-2 in favor of the home team.
The Warriors closed out the first half with four straight goals in the final 15 minutes. The Warriors got goals from Szymanski, Huie, Rapolla and Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.).
The second half opened with three straight Warrior goals as Rapolla netted her 12th goal of the season and Szymanski and Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) also netted goals. AIC stopped the Warriors seven straight goals with back-to-back goals to make the score 10-4.
Merrimack closed out the game with three more goals as Pino notched her 22nd goal, Shealyn Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) scored her second career goal and Szymanski buried her 25th of the year.
For the game, Merrimack outshot the Yellow Jackets by the score of 35-22 while they also dominated the ground ball category by the score of 38-23. Merrimack was successful on 21-of-27 clearing attempts while they also scored four free position goals on nine attempts.
Senior captain Casey MacNeil (Waltham, Mass.) led the Warriors defense with four caused turnovers and five ground balls while Pino led all players with seven ground balls and four draw controls.