NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack women's lacrosse team hung tough with #7 Le Moyne on Wednesday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field but they were edged out by the score of 11-7. The Warriors were within two with 7:50 to play in the contest but the Dolphins scored three straight goals in just over three minutes to seal the game.
"I thought the girls played well today against a solid Le Moyne team, we were a bit over-cautious in the first half as possession was a main goal of ours, and one I think we attained, but our shot selection wasn't what we wanted to see today," said head coach Corinne Desrosiers. "Defensively I believe we played them well until those last few minutes of the match where we got a little too loose on the cutters and didn't pressure them out hard enough. Overall, we're excited about the progress this young team has made so far this year and are looking forward to a good game at New Haven Saturday.
Merrimack (3-8, 2-5 NE-10) will return to the field on Saturday as they will travel to take on the New Haven Chargers at 1 p.m.
Following the third goal of the game for Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.), the Warriors trailed by just two with 7:50 to play in the contest. However, the Dolphins responded quickly with three straight goals in just over three minutes to pick up the road victory.
Huie led the Warriors offensively as she finished with three goals on five shots on goal. Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) continued her great play for the Warriors as she scored two goals and finished with a game-high six draw controls. Mia Rapolla (Gorham, ME) finished off her afternoon with one goal, one assist and three draw controls while Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) scored one goal, scooped up four ground balls and caused two turnovers on the afternoon.
The Dolphins jumped out to a 3-0 lead quickly on the Warriors as three different players found the back of the net for Le Moyne, less than five minutes into action. Pino ended the quick run by the Dolphins as she took a perfect pass from Rapolla and beat the Le Moyne goalie with a quick shot.
After two more Dolphin goals less than 40 seconds apart, Szymanski scored her lone goal of the game with 9:30 to play in the opening half. The Szymanski goal was assisted by Katie Trahanas (Longwood, FL) and it was the last goal scored in the opening half for either team, making the score 5-2 in favor of the road team.
Brenna Bauer opened up the scoring in the second half for the Dolphins to make the score 6-2 but the Warriors fought back with three quick goals of their own. Huie scored back-to-back goals and Pino scored on her free position attempt to draw the Warriors within one of the Dolphins, 6-5.
After two more Dolphins goal made the score 8-5 in favor of the visitors, Huie scored her hat trick goal to bring the Warriors back within two with 7:50 to play in the contest.
However, the next six minutes were dominated by the Dolphins as they scored three straight goals to extend their lead to 11-6 with 1:48 to play in the game. Rapolla scored her lone goal of the contest with just 35 seconds to play, making the final score 11-7.
The game was very even in most offensive and defensive categories on Wednesday afternoon as the Dolphins held the slight 29-27 advantage in shots while the Warriors held the slim, 26-25 advantage in ground balls. Both teams controlled 10 draws while the Warriors forced 13 Dolphins turnovers while they only committed 12. Merrimack finished the game going 10-for-13 on their clearing attempts while the Dolphins were held to 15-for-22 on their chances.
Junior goalie Inna Hedden (Woodbine, MD) was solid in net for the Warriors as she finished the game with 11 big saves to go along with six ground balls. Liz Greeley (Norwood, Mass.) played well for Merrimack, scooping up five ground balls and causing two turnovers on the afternoon.