WARRIORS DEFEAT PENMEN TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EARN FIRST NORTHEAST-10 CONFERENCE VICTORY OF THE SEASON
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's lacrosse team picked up its first Northeast-10 Conference victory on Tuesday afternoon, as the Warriors defeated Southern New Hampshire at Martone-Mejail Field by the score of 11-8. With the win, the Warriors snapped a six-game losing streak and improve to 2-6 on the season.
Score: Merrimack 11, Southern New Hampshire 8
Records: Merrimack (2-6, 1-4 NE-10) | Southern New Hampshire (2-45, 1-2 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
The Warriors had five players finish with at least two points for the game. Junior Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) led the Warriors with three goals while freshman Megan Fero (East Manlius, N.Y.) finished with a team-high three assists and a goal. Sophomore Shealyn Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.), junior Olivia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.) and sophomore Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.) chipped in with two goals each. Sophomore Danielle Riley (West Point, N.Y.) also played well as she finished with a goal and a ground ball.
However, the Penmen would answer back with an unassisted goal from Alexa Allen to tie the game at two, but back-to-back goals from Palombo and Stouffer put the Warriors up one (4-3) with 17:22 left in the first. With the game tied at 4-all, Merrimack would go on a 3-2 scoring run to finish the first half with a 7-6 lead over the Penmen.
The second half opened up with Anthony burying her second goal of the season, but the Penmen would battle back to tie the Warriors at eight with 22:17 left in regulation. In the final 19 minutes of the game, Merrimack came up on top and ended the game on a 3-0 scoring run to take a 11-8 victory over the Penmen.
- Anthony, Palombo and Coakley each scored a goal during the final run of the game while Fero scored on a man-up opportunity.
- For the game, Merrimack was 12-of-15 on clear attempts and 5-of-8 on free position shots.
- The Penmen held a slim 20-17 edge in ground balls as well as causing 11 of Merrimack 26 turnovers.
- Senior Katie Martin (Lincroft, N.J.) led the Warriors with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
- Senior goalkeeper Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md.) finished with seven saves on 15 shots while SNHU goalkeeper finished with only four saves on 15 shots.
- Both teams tallied 18 shots in Tuesday's conference battle.
Merrimack returns to action on Saturday, March 29, when the Warriors host Northeast-10 Conference rival Saint Anselm at Martone-Mejail Field. Opening draw is scheduled for 12 p.m.