February 28, 2014

Women's Lacrosse Opens Up 2014 Campaign Against Findlay Sunday Afternoon

WARRIORS OPEN 2014 SEASON AGAINST OILERS SUNDAY AT MARTONE-MEJAIL FIELD

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Taking the field for the first time since last May, the Merrimack College women's lacrosse team begins the 2014 campaign on Sunday, March 2, when it hosts Findlay University in a non-conference battle at Martone-Mejail Field.

The Basics
Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014 | 12 p.m.
Records:
 Merrimack (0-0) | Findlay (0-0) (as of 2/28/14)
Location:
 Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

A Brief Look Back
The Warriors finished the 2013 season posting a 5-11 overall record and a conference mark of 4-8, missing the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament for the first time in six seasons. The Navy and Gold also had several highlights, including an overtime home win over a nationally ranked Dowling College.

As a team, Merrimack was one of the top teams in the country in caused turnovers and ground balls, ranking 29th and fifth, respectively, in those categories. A driving force behind those stats was former midfielder Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.), who finished last spring 19th in the nation averaging 3.13 ground balls per game.

The Warriors also finished with an impressive 5-2 record at home while wrapping up the campaign with two wins in their final three outings.

The Warriors:
  • The Navy and Gold  has been selected to finish eighth according to the Northeast-10 Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll
  • The Warriors return 11 players from last year's squad, including two senior class members.
  • Senior goalkeeper Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md.) will return to the Warriors' lineup after she finished last season with 120 saves for a .420 SV% while limiting opponents to a 14.91 GAA.
  • Sophomore Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.) returns to the Warriors' lineup after she finished last season with 13 goals and three assists.

Scouting Out the Findlay Oilers (As of 2/28/14)

  • Tabbed fourth in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Preseason Poll.
  • Findlay finished with a 6-12 record last season, which included a 4-4 mark in the GLIAC. 
  • Sarah Lankton returns to the Oilers after being named the 2013 GLIAC Freshman of the Year.  She scored 71 goals, racked up a total of 95 points and led the league in free position goals with 28. 
  • Jenah Eastep also earned all-conference accolades for the Oilers last season as she caused ten turnovers and registered 38 ground balls.

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