Women's Lacrosse Challenges Dowling College in Regular Season Finale Saturday

Photo Credits: Jim Stankiewicz

WARRIORS LOOK TO END THE REGULAR SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE WITH A WIN OVER GOLDEN LIONS SATURDAY

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Looking to end the season on a high note, the Merrimack College women's lacrosse team travels to Oakdale, N.Y. to take on Dowling College in a non-conference battle Saturday afternoon at Golden Lions Field. Opening draw is scheduled for 12 p.m.

The Basics

Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 12 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (2-14)
 | Dowling (11-5)
Location:
 Golden Lions Field | Oakdale, N.Y.

Last Time Out

Four minutes into the game, senior Jessica Otis (Pittsford, N.Y.) tallied her first career goal off a short pass from junior Christine Keenan (Byfield, Mass.) to put the Warriors up 1-0. Shortly after, Bentley tied the game up at one (1-1), before taking a commanding 6-1 lead over the hosts with 8:28 left to play in the first.

Merrimack broke the Falcons scoring run with a goal from freshman Clare Blomberg (Wading River, N.Y.). Sophomore Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.) found Blomberg off a strong cut to the net to tally her second goal of the season. Bentley responded just three minutes later with its seventh goal of the game.

The Warriors were able to get some good shots on net, but remained trailing Bentley, 7-2, heading into halftime.

Both teams buckled down on defense in the second half until the 20:25 mark as freshman Megan Fero (East Manlius, N.Y.) tallied the first goal of the half. Fero was able to put one pass goalkeeper Ally Dorman to record her ninth goal of the season. Just 24 seconds later, Bentley responded with an unassisted goal by Kelsey Howard to put the Falcons up five (8-3).

However, back-to-back goals from Stouffer put the Warriors back in the game and to within three (8-5) with 16:48 left to play. Over the next eight minutes, both teams traded goals and the Warriors managed to bring the score to within three (9-6).

Merrimack continued to battle on offense, but was unable to stop Bentley from going on a 2-0 scoring run to secure the 11-6 victory on Senior Night.

Last Season vs. Dowling:

  • The women's lacrosse team defeated #7 Dowling in double overtime, 10-9, at Martone-Mejail Field.
  • Merrimack held the 12-10 advantage in draw controls while the Warriors scooped up 23 ground balls compared to the Golden Lions 18.
  • The Warriors were successful on 13-of-18 clear attempts while Dowling finished the game going 11-of-20.
  • Five different Warriors registered at least two points in the win.

The Warriors:

  • Senior goalkeeper Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md.) ranks second in the conference with 152 saves while posting a 12.06 goals-against average.
  • As a team, Merrimack has tallied 272 turnovers and has caused 82 turnovers.
  • The Warriors are 23-of-70 in free position shots and has a 32.9 free position percentage.
  • Stouffer continues to lead the team in points with 34 including 16 goals and 18 assists.

Scouting the Golden Lions:

  • The Golden Lions are coming off an 18-16 loss to NE-10 rival Stonehill College.
  • Defensively, the team has a 8.44 goals-against average including 82 saves.
  • Dowling leads the ECC in shots (482) while averaging 30.1 shots per game.
  • Junior attack Jackie Adersen leads the team in points with 92 (55g, 37a).

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