SOPHOMORE SHEALYN ANTHONY TALLIED A TEAM-HIGH THREE GOALS IN THE LOSS AGAINST PURPLE KNIGHTS
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COLCHESTER, Vt. – Sophomore Shealyn Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) finished with a hat trick but, the Merrimack College women's lacrosse team dropped a 9-7 decision at Saint Michael's Wednesday afternoon in Colchester, Vt.
Score: Saint Michael's 9, Merrimack 7
Records: Merrimack (2-8, 1-6 NE-10) | Saint Michael's (5-2, 3-2 NE-10)
Location: Duffy Field | Colchester, Vt.
How It Happened
Anthony paced the Warriors with three goals and a ground ball while junior Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) registered two points (1g and 1a) on the afternoon. Junior Christine Keenan (Byfield, Mass.), freshman Megan Fero (East Manlius, N.Y.) and sophomore Danielle Riley (West Point, N.Y.) each chipped in with a goal apiece.
Saint Michael's forged a 2-0 lead in the opening six minutes until the Warriors tied the Purple Knights, 2-2, at the 18:32 mark. Anthony tallied the Warriors first goal of the game off a free position attempt before Palombo recorded her eighth goal of the season.
With the game tied, Merrimack found themselves down by two (4-2) after Saint Michael's Claire Martin and Courtney Piper found the back of the net for the Purple Knights.
Two minutes later, Fero picked up her eighth goal of the season and brought the Warriors to within one (4-3) with 9:50 remaining. After numerous opportunies, Merrimack was unable to score and remained trailing by one heading into halftime.
Three minutes into the second half, Anthony was able to put the ball right by the Purple Knights goalie to tie the game up at four. The next seven minutes were dominated by the hosts as they scored three straight goals to take a 7-4 lead with 16:34 left to play.
After another goal from Anthony, Merrimack was able to cut the deficit to two (7-5) but, Saint Michael's pushed its lead back up to three (8-5). Keenan was able to bring the Warriors back to within two (8-6) but, it wasn't long until Saint Michael's regained a three point lead (9-6).
With a minute remaining in regulation, Riley tallied Merrimack's final goal of the game on an unassisted shot, as the Warriors fell 9-7 to the Purple Knights.
Inside the Numbers
Merrimack returns to action on Tuesday, April 8, when the Warriors travel to Springfield, Mass. to take on American International. Opening draw is scheduled for 7 p.m.