April 13, 2013

Women’s Lacrosse Comes Up Short At New Haven; Falls 13-5

WEST HAVEN, CT – The Merrimack women's lacrosse team continued to struggle on the road on Saturday afternoon as they were downed by the New Haven Chargers by the score of 13-5. Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) led the Warriors with two goals on the day.

Merrimack (3-9, 2-6 NE-10) will return to Martone-Mejail Field for a conference showdown with Stonehill on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The turning point of the game came from the midpoint of the first half until halftime as the Chargers went on a 5-0 scoring run to take command of the game including a goal with just three seconds remaining in the half.

Palombo led the Warriors offense with two goals and one ground ball while going 1-for-1 on her free position opportunities. Katie Trahanas (Longwood, FL) finished off her game with a goal and a assist while Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) scored one goal and scooped up three ground balls to go along with a team-high four draw controls. Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) finished off her game with a goal and four ground balls.

After the Chargers took the early 1-0 lead less than a minute into the contest, Palombo scored her first goal of the game to tie the score after a nice feed from Trahanas. New Haven responded quickly with two straight goals before Pino found the back of the net, making the score 3-2 in favor of the home squad.

The Chargers closed out the opening half on a 5-0 scoring run that included a goal with just three seconds to play in the first 30 minutes. The Chargers dominated the opening half of play, outshooting the Warriors 17-7 and leading 8-2.

Huie opened up the second half with a quick tally and then four minutes later Trahanas found the back of the net to bring the Warriors within four of the Chargers. Nicole McKee and Palombo traded free position goals just over 30 seconds apart to make the score 9-5 in favor of the home squad.

The final 17 minutes of the contest were dominated by the Chargers and they finished the game on a 4-0 scoring run to put the Warriors away.

The Chargers were led offensively by Nicole McKee who scored a game-high five goals while Natalie Lieberman finished off her impressive game with four goals and one assist on eight shots on goal.

For the game, Merrimack was outshot by the slim margin of 29-22 while both teams controlled 10 draws on the afternoon. Both teams turned the ball over 14 times while Merrimack was successful on 12-of-15 clearing attempts.