SOPHOMORE AUBRIE STOUFFER LEADS WARRIORS WITH TWO GOALS IN LOSS AGAINST LAKERS
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass – Sophomore Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.) netted a pair of goals, but the Merrimack College women's lacrosse team lost a 13-3 decision to Grand Valley State on Thursday evening at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: Grand Valley State 13, Merrimack 3
Records: Merrimack (1-1, 0-0 NE-10) | Grand Valley State (2-2, 0-0 GLIAC)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
The Lakers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before an unassisted goal from Stouffer brought the Warriors to within one (2-1) with 12:52 remaining. Over the remainder of the half, Merrimack watched as Grand Valley State scored three unanswered goals to bring the score to 5-1 heading into halftime.
Just two minutes into the second half, Grand Valley State extended its lead to six after Rachel Leibovitz found Carolyn Kraus for her first goal of the game. Shortly after, Stouffer was able to find the back of the next for her fifth goal of the season bringing the score to 6-2.
However, Grand Valley State continued to dominate after back-to-back goals from Leibovitz and Meagan Emery. Midway through the second half, Merrimack junior Kelly Metzger (Trumbull, Conn.) was able to put one past the Lakers goalkeeper to get the hosts to within five (8-3).
With the clock winding down, Grand Valley State was able to maintain its lead and keep Merrimack from coming back in the contest. The Lakers tacked on five more goals in the later part of the second half to make it a 13-3 final.
Senior goalkeeper Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md.) finished with a season-high 15 saves while Lakers goalkeeper Sarah Zwilsky recorded only seven saves in the victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Both Merrimack and Grand Valley State tallied nine draw controls a piece, while Merrimack held a 7-4 edge in the second half.
- The Lakers held a 26-19 advantage in ground balls and forced nine turnovers.
- Junior Olivia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.) led the Warriors with four ground balls, while Coakley and senior Dara Hayes (Calgary, Alberta) forced two turnover apiece.
- Grand Valley State finished with 33 total shots and Merrimack recorded only 14 shots.
Merrimack returns to action with a non-conference road tilt against Shippensburg this Sunday (March 9). Game is scheduled for 12 p.m. at the Robb Sports Complex.