March 19, 2014

Women's Lacrosse Edged Out By Franklin Pierce, 7-6

WARRIORS COME UP SHORT AGAINST RAVENS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT SODEXO FIELD

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RINDGE, N.H.  – The Merrimack College women's lacrosse team was not able to pick up its second win of the season on Wednesday afternoon, as the Warriors dropped a Northeast-10 Conference game at Franklin Pierce by the score of 7-6.

The Basics

Score:  Franklin Pierce 7, Merrimack 6
Records: Merrimack (1-5, 0-3 NE-10) | Franklin Pierce (2-2, 1-1 NE-10)
Location: Sodexo Field | Rindge, N.H.

How It Happened

The Warriors struck first scoring just over three minutes into the game as freshman Megan Fero (East Manlius, N.Y.) found the back of the net on her first shot of the game. Franklin Pierce would respond quickly with a goal from Megan Raposa, to tie the game at one.

Just seven minutes later, the Navy and Gold took a 2-1 lead over the hosts, as senior Dara Hayes (Calgary, Alberta) scored on a nice individual effort. The Ravens would answer with two quick goals to give them a 3-2 lead as Lauren Beville racked up her fourth and fifth goal of the season.

With less than two minutes to play in the first, Merrimack went on a 2-0 scoring run as junior Christine Keenan (Byfield, Mass.) netted her fourth goal of the season and sophomore Danielle Riley (West Point, N.Y.) recorded her sixth career goal. However, Nicole Dale found Beville, for her third goal of the afternoon, to tie the score, 4-4, heading into halftime.

The Ravens opened up the second half on a 2-0 scoring run to make the score 6-4 in favor of the home squad. After a foul committed by Franklin Pierce, Merrimack brought the score to within one (6-5) as sophomore Kayla Breton (Windham, N.H.) scored off a free position attempt with 13:57 left to play.

Four minutes later, sophomore Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.) found junior Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.), who tallied her fourth goal of the season, bringing the score to 6-6. With the score tied, Beville tallied the game-winning goal with 8:52 remaining in regulation. After numerous attempts to score, Merrimack would be dealt its fifth straight loss of the season.

Senior goalkeeper Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md.) recorded nine saves in the losing effort for the Warriors while Keenan, Hayes and freshman Clare Blomberg (Wading River, N.Y.) led all players with two ground balls each. Along with Keenan and Hayes, five different players registered a point for Merrimack.

The Ravens were led offensively by Lauren Beville who recored a team-high four goals in the loss while Nicole Dale scored two goals and two assists.

Inside the Numbers

  • For the game, Merrimack outshot the Ravens 20-18 while they also held an 8-7 edge in draw controls. 
  • Franklin Pierce was successful on 14-of-16 clearing attempts while they also committed 19 fouls.
  • The Warriors were 2-of-3 on free position attempts and registered 13 turnovers.
  • Merrimack caused three turnovers while scooping up 13 ground balls.

Up Next

Merrimack returns to action on Saturday, March 22, when the Warriors travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on Le Moyne. Opening draw is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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