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Field Hockey: Merrimack shuts out American International

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  – The Merrimack College field hockey program got back to its winning ways on Saturday evening, blanking the American College International Yellow Jackets by a 4-0 final in Northeast-10 Conference play from Ronald J. Abdow Field

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 4
, AIC 0
Records: Merrimack (10-5, 6-4 NE10) | AIC (2-14, 1-9 NE10)
Location: Abdow Field | Springfield, Mass.

NE10 Postseason Outlook:
The top-six finishers advance to the NE10 Championship, which begins with the opening round on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The semifinals and finals will be played on Friday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 5, respectively will all contests occurring at the site of the higher remaining seed. Merrimack has two games remaining in the regular season, and can clinch a playoff spot this week.

1. Stonehill (10-0)
2. Saint Anselm (9-1)
3. Pace (7-3) H2H Tiebreaker over LIU Post
4. LIU Post (7-3)
5. Franklin Pierce (7-4)
6. Merrimack (6-4)
7. Assumption (5-5)
8. Adelphi (5-5)
9. Bentley (4-7)
10. Saint Michael’s (3-7)
11. SNHU (2-8)
12. AIC (1-9)
13. SCSU (0-10)

Rapid Recap

  • After five combined shots through the first 20 minutes, Merrimack broke through. Senior Mikayla Panneton (Andover, Mass.) had a shot saved, but the rebound was pushed by freshman Colleen Ellis (Westford, Mass.) towards the crease where senior Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.) was waiting to pocket her 18th of the season
  • Six minutes later, a passing play in front led the Warriors’ second goal. Hammond darted towards the middle of the attacking zone, feeding sophomore Lindsey Nolte (Canton, Mass.) who scored her fourth of the season
  • Merrimack tripled its lead right before the half. Another combination play saw junior Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) deliver a pass to senior Taylor Simpson (York, Maine), who drove home her 10th goal
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen (Bremen, Germany) played her best in an 80-second span across the 39th and 40th minutes. She made five saves during the stretch, including a stop on a penalty corner at the 39:49 mark
  • A flurry of shots in front led to Merrimack’s fourth goal, as junior Samantha Bartush (Norwalk, Conn.) passed to Panneton who punched in the visitors’ fourth and final goal of the night in the 64th minute

Team Leaders (MC // AIC)

  • Goals: Four Tied (1) // None
  • Assists: Four Tied 1)  // None
  • Points: Rylie Hammond (3) // None
  • Defensive Saves: None // Katie Lombardozzi (1)
  • Saves: Katharina Ohmen (10) // Alexis Torosian (10)

Notes and Notables

  • Hammond increased her team-leading goal total to 18 and her team-best point total to 39 with the three-point night. She is now one-point shy of the first 40-point season at Merrimack since 2013
  • Simpson posted her third career season with at least 10 goals, tying the mark she set as a sophomore. Her career high is 15, which was set during her rookie campaign
  • Nolte now has 10 points on the year, the fourth Warriors to reach double figures. She also ranks third on the team with four goals
  • For the first time in her career, Ohmen broke the 100-save plateau on Saturday. She now has stopped 109 shots through 15 games
  • Senior Kayla Raneri (Reading, Mass.) took over for Ohmen in the second half, making one save in over 17 minutes of action

Up Next
Merrimack will play its first-ever game at Warrior Stadium when the Navy and Gold host Bentley University at 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

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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