NORTH ANDOVER, MA – On senior day for six Warriors, the Merrimack women's lacrosse team came up with a dominating 19-8 victory over the Southern Connecticut Owls at Martone-Mejail Field on Saturday afternoon.
Four of the Warriors six graduating players scored at least one goal during the victory over the Owls as Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) scored a team-high four goals while Kristin Elliott (Amherst, NH) scored her second career goal. Nicole Moran (Pembroke, Mass.) and Liz Greeley (Norwood, Mass.) each tallied a goal while Sam Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass.) made 10 saves in the victory and Casey MacNeil (Waltham, Mass.) grabbed two ground balls and forced one turnover.
Merrimack (4-10, 3-7 NE-10) will hit the road for a conference game against Bentley on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Pino led all Warriors with four goals and one assist to go along with a team-high six draw controls, five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) added four goals and an assist in the victory while Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) racked up two goals and two assists. Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, PA) came off the bench and scored two goals while Katie Trahanas (Longwood, FL) and Kayla Breton (Windham, NH) each recorded a goal and assist.
The Owls opened up the scoring less than two minutes into action but the Warriors responded with a quick 3-0 scoring run with two goals by Pino and one from Huie. Southern Connecticut scored to make it 3-2 but Merrimack again responded with two quick goals from Huie.
The Owls went on a 2-1 run over the next two minutes before the Warriors closed out the first half with three straight goals. The final three goals were scored by Greeley, Stouffer and Trahanas to give the Warriors the 9-4 halftime lead.
The two teams traded goals in the first four minutes of the half as Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) scored on a nice individual effort. Merrimack put the game away over the next 14 minutes of action as they went on a 5-0 scoring run to take the 15-5 lead. Szymanski scored two goals while Pino, Stouffer and Mia Rapolla (Gorham, ME) all scored a goal apiece.
Following three straight goals by the Owls, Merrimack closed out the game with four straight goals as Breton found the back of the net for the second time on the season. Elliott and Moran each recorded their first goal of the season and Huie scored her 37th goal.
The Owls were led offensively by Sarah Muise who recorded a game-high seven goals, four draw controls and three ground balls. Emily Orser finished off her game with one goal and two assists in the loss.
For the game, Merrimack outshot the Owls 32-23 while they went 13-for-15 on their clearing attempts. Merrimack forced 17 Owls turnover and they won the draw control battle, 16-13.