Women’s Lacrosse Set to Challenge #5 Le Moyne in Syracuse, N.Y. Saturday

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WARRIORS (1-5) TAKE ON DOLPHINS (5-1) FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Coming off a tough road loss against Franklin Pierce on Wednesday afternoon, the Merrimack College women's lacrosse team travels to Syracuse, N.Y. to battle No. 5 Le Moyne College in a Northeast-10 Conference road clash Saturday morning

The Basics
Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014 | 11 a.m.
Records:
 Merrimack (1-5, 0-3 NE-10) | #5 Le Moyne (5-1, 2-0 NE-10)
Location:
 Ted Grant Field | Syracuse, N.Y.

Last Time Out

With the game tied at 4-4 coming out of halftime, Franklin Pierce scored the second half's first two goals to take a 6-4 lead.

Merrimack scored the next two goals, but used most of the second half to do so, to tie the game at 6-6. Sophomore attack Kayla Breton (Windham, Mass.) put away a free-position shot with 13:57 to play. Junior midfielder Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) followed up 4:50 later to tie the game, as she finished off a feed from sophomore attack Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.).

Nicole Beville's goal gave Franklin Pierce a 7-6 lead, and it wound up being the final goal of the game. The Ravens controlled the ball for much of the final nine minutes and were able to bleed the clock down until they came away with the one-goal victory. 

For the full recap from Wednesday, please click here!

Last Season vs. Dolphins

  • Merrimack hung tough with #7 Le Moyne but they were edged out by the score of 11-7.
  • Olivia Huie led the Warriors offensively as she finished with three goals on five shots on goal. Jenn Pino continued her great play for the Warriors as she scored two goals and finished with a game-high six draw controls.
  • The Dolphins held the slight 29-27 advantage in shots while the Warriors held the slim, 26-25 advantage in ground balls. Both teams controlled 10 draws while the Warriors forced 13 Dolphins turnovers while they only committed 12. 
  • Merrimack finished the game going 10-for-13 on their clearing attempts while the Dolphins were held to 15-for-22 on their chances.

The Warriors:

  • Hedden continues to lead the NE-10 in saves with 66 while also ranking fourth in the league with a 47.1 save percentage.
  • As a team, the Warriors' offense is second in the league averaging 17.5 shots while averaging 6.50 goals per game.
  • Stouffer continues to lead Merrimack in points with seven goals and seven assists.
  • The Navy and Gold are 7-of-24 on free position goal-shots and 62-of-86 on clear attempts.
  • On the season, the Warriors have tallied 103 turnovers while causing 29 and scooping up 87 ground balls.

Scouting the No. 5 Le Moyne Dolphins:

  • The defending Northeast-10 Conference champion, has been picked second in the Northeast-10 Conference Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Preseason Poll,
  • The Dolphins are currently on a four-game winning streak while coming off a 21-2 road victory against American International.
  • Marley Ciferri leads the team and ranks second in the Northeast-10 in assists with 14.
  • Le Moyne leads the league with 79 caused turnovers and 127 ground balls.
  • Claire Monnat ranks first on the team in points with 16 to go along with her 13 goals and three assists.

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