NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Junior back Miranda Judd recorded her first-career hat trick, leading the ninth-ranked Merrimack College field hockey program to a 4-1 victory over visiting Limestone College on Sunday afternoon. Judd’s career season continues, increasing her team-leading point total to 12 after a seven-point performance against the Saints.
Score: #9 Merrimack 4, Limestone 1
Records: #9 Merrimack (2-1) | Limestone (1-3)
Location: Merrimack Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
- MC (1-0) – A loose ball off a penalty corner fell to senior Samantha Bartush, who fed Judd in the middle of the attacking zone for her first goal of the day at the 28:56 mark of the first half
- MC (2-0) – Seven minutes later, senior Mary McNeil inserted a corner that Judd immediately delivered to the stick of Bartush. The Norwalk, Conn. native lifted a shot the carried into the net that doubled Merrimack’s advantage
- MC (3-0) – With four minutes remaining in the half, a flurry of opportunities eventually led to a Merrimack penalty stroke. Judd stepped up to the dot, and fired a shot to the bottom-left of the net that made it three goals in the opening stanza for Merrimack
- MC (4-0) – The Warriors’ final goal of the day also came via the stroke, with Judd converting once more to give the Lebanon, N.H. native her first-ever three-goal effort
- LC (4-1) – Merrimack relented once, with under 22 minutes in the half, as Limestone converted on a corner. A shot from the edge of the arc hit the turf near the crease, where a Saints forward was waiting to slot it home
- Judd continues to have a breakout season, just three games into the 2018 year. She already has obliterated her previous career best in points (12), leading the Warriors through three games in goals (4), assists (4) and points (12). She entered the year with just two career goals and four career points
- Bartush scored her first goal since her sophomore season, which proved to be the game-winner. The team captain now has two career goals and 14 career points
- Junior goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen delivered a marvelous second half for the Warriors, making nine second-half saves as the Saints outshot Merrimack, 12-6, over the final 35 minutes
Notes and Notables
- Merrimack dominated the first half, attempting 19 shots compared to just two for Limestone
- The Warriors also took 14 of the opening stanza’s 15 penalty corners
- Judd is also the Northeast-10 Conference’s leader in goals, assists and points
- McNeil picked up her 31st career assist, moving within six of tying the program record
The Warriors will complete their four-game homestand on Wednesday when Merrimack welcomes AIC to campus for a 7 p.m. non-conference contest.