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WALTHAM, Mass. – The Merrimack College field hockey team was unable to come away with a win in its 2015 season opener, falling to Bentley by a score of 1-0 in Waltham on Wednesday night.

Links: Box Score

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 0 Bentley 1
Records: Merrimack (0-1)
 | Bentley (2-1) 
Location:
 Bentley Field| Waltham, Mass.

What They Said
Head coach Anne Rounce, “We have a lot that we can build upon going into Assumption on Saturday. We had some great opportunities that we need to capitalize on. We were able to find our rhythm in the second half and we hope to carry that over to Saturday.”

How It Happened
The Falcons got on the board very early in this contest, scoring just two minutes into the first game of the Warriors season. Sophomore forward Eva Michalisyzn fired a drive off of a corner that would find the back of the net and put Bentley up 1-0. The next and final 68 minutes of the game would not see another score thanks to some stout defense and goaltending on both sides.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Raneri (Reading, Mass.) got the start in net for Merrimack. It would be her first minutes of playing time as a Warrior after backing up senior goalkeeper Madison Davis (San Jose, Calif.)during the 2014 season.

Raneri would let up a goal on the first shot she saw as a Warrior, but did not have to worry about too much offensive pressure for the remainder of the game thanks to some quality defense from her backline. After the first shot she faced, she would only see four more shots for the rest of the game, including just one in the second half. Merrimack was also credited with a team defensive save in the first half.

Inside The Numbers

  • The Warriors were the team on the offensive for the majority of the game. Merrimack outshot the Falcons 16-5 in their first game this year, including shot totals of 14-1 Merrimack in the second half.
  • Being on the attack for most of the game creates offensive opportunities. Merrimack also outnumbered Bentley in penalty corners by a margin of 16-2
  • Sophomore Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) was looking to carry over her production from last season, outshooting the entire Bentley team 6-5. Three of her shots were on goal, forcing Bentley’s keeper and defense to make saves.

Up Next
The Warriors will travel to Worcester on Saturday to face off with the Assumption College Greyhounds in a 1 p.m. tilt.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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