WALTHAM, MA – The Merrimack women's lacrosse team was defeated on Tuesday night by Bentley University by the score of 19-10. Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) led all Warriors with four goals on the night.
Merrimack (4-11, 3-8 NE-10) will return home for their final game of the season on Thursday afternoon as they play host to Franklin Pierce at 4 p.m.
"Overall our effort was there from the get-go, it was definitely a fun game to watch," said head coach Corinne Desrosiers. "We had too many turnovers in the first half that set us up for a bigger climb than we could manage in the second. We really responded well moving through the game."
Pino led all Warriors with four goals on Tuesday and Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) finished off her night with three goals to go along with three draw controls and three ground balls. Dara Hayes (Calgary, Alberta) finished off her impressive night with two goals and a team-high five ground balls while senior Liz Greeley (Norwood, Mass.) finished with a team-best three assists. Katie Trahanas (Longwood, FL) finished her game with a goal and assist in the loss.
Bentley opened up the game on a 5-0 scoring run before Pino recorded a free position goal for the Warriors, making the score 5-1. Bentley responded with a quick goal before Trahanas scored her lone goal of the game, making the score 6-2.
Down the stretch of the opening half, Bentley outscored the Warriors 5-3 as Huie recorded two goals with the assists going to Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) and Greeley respectively and Pino scored her second of the game.
The Warriors entered halftime trailing the Falcons 11-5 as they were outshot 22-9 through the opening 30 minutes.
Bentley opened up the second half on a 4-1 run with the lone Merrimack goal being credited to Huie, her 40th of the season. Merrimack responded with a 3-1 run of their own over the next several minutes as Hayes recorded her first goal of the game and Pino scored twice.
Bentley closed out the final nine minutes of the game on a 3-1 run to defeat the Warriors by the score of 19-10. Hayes scored the lone goal for the Warriors in the final nine minutes.
The Falcons were led by Cori Geiger who finished with five goals and two assists while Taylor Bastien recorded four goals and one assist in the victory.
For the game, the Falcons held the 34-19 advantage in shots while the Warriors held the 29-19 advantage in ground balls. The Falcons possessed 18-of-30 draw controls but they committed a game-high 28 turnovers in the victory.