WARRIORS FALL TO GOLDEN LIONS SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE IN BROOKHAVEN, N.Y.
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Score: Dowling 16, Merrimack 12
Records: Merrimack (2-15) | Dowling (12-5)
Location: Golden Lions Field | Brookhaven, N.Y.
How It Happened
Stouffer led the Warriors offensively with four goals, two assiss, two draw controls and a ground ball while freshman Clare Blomberg (Wading River, N.Y.) posted a team-high six draw controls and three goals. Freshman Megan Fero (East Manlius, N.Y.) recorded two assists and a goal.
Dowling opened the first half on a 6-0 scoring run until Shealyn Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) tallied the Warriors' first goal of the game off a nice pass from Stouffer. Shortly after, Merrimack struck again as Stouffer found the back of the net for her 17th goal of the season. From that point on, Dowling closed the half on a 6-0 scoring run to take a commanding 12-2 lead heading into halftime.
It was all Merrimack in the second half, as the Warriors opened the frame on a 5-1 scoring run to bring the score to within six (13-7) with 22:50 left to play. However, after back-to-back goals from Allie Merrill and Jackie Anderson, the Golden Lions extended their lead to eight (15-7).
With 13:23 left to play, Merrimack came together as a team and went on a 5-0 scoring run to bring the score to within three (15-12). Soon after, Dowling pushed its lead to four (16-12) which proved to be the finally tally of the game.
Senior goalkeeper Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md.) tallied 11 saves in the loss while both Dowling goalkeepers tallied five saves in the 16-12 victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Dowling held a 36-20 advantage in shots as well as a 16-14 edge in draw controls.
- The Warriors were 1-of-5 in free position shots while the Golden Lions were 3-of-6.
- Merrimack posted 14 turnovers and caused six of Dowling's 12 turnovers.
- The Navy and Gold finished the afternoon with 15 fouls and went 9-of-14 in clears.
- The Golden Lions tallied 15 ground balls compared to Merrimack's 10.