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McNeil’s Five-Point Night Propels Merrimack Field Hockey Past SNHU

MANCHESTER, N.H.  – Junior Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) collected five points on two goals and one assist, igniting a run of four unanswered goals for the Merrimack College field hockey program as the Warriors roared past Southern New Hampshire, 4-1, on Tuesday evening in a Northeast-10 Conference battle from Larkin Field.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 4
, Southern N.H. 1
Records: Merrimack (6-3, 2-2 NE10) | Southern N.H. (5-3, 2-2 NE10)
Location: Larkin Field | Manchester, N.H.

Coaches Corner
Head coach Megan Shea“Tonight was a great game from top to bottom. Every single player was a part of the win. I’m very happy for the group, it was well deserved, and now we’re on to the next one!”

Rapid Recap

  • In the 18th minute, the Penmen broke in on a two-on-one, and converted the scoring opportunity to take a 1-0 lead
  • On the Warriors’ sixth corner of the half, Merrimack equalized. The ball found junior Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) in the center of the attacking zone, and she delivered a feed to senior Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.) who deflected the pass into the open frame to tie the game
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen (Bremen, Germany) came up strong in the 33rd minute, making consecutive saves to keep the game tied
  • After Ohmen started the second half with a kick save in the 36th minute, the Warriors gained possession, moved down the field and scored the go-ahead tally. Senior Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) dished a pass to McNeil who buried her second goal of the night
  • The combination of freshman Colleen Ellis (Westford, Mass.) and sophomore Lindsey Nolte (Canton, Mass.) led to Merrimack’s third goal, with the rookie doubling the lead
  • McNeil would not go quietly as she struck again with less than 15 minutes to play to put Merrimack’s fourth goal on the board

Team Leaders (MC // SNH)

  • Goals: Mary McNeil (2) // Maddie Holt (1)
  • Assists: Three Tied (1)  // Helene Servais (1)
  • Points: McNeil (5) // Holt (2)
  • Saves: Katharina Ohmen (5) // Melanie Rennie (7)

Notes and Notables

  • McNeil’s five-point performance marks the most for the junior since a six-point effort last year against Southern Connecticut. The All-American now has nine points on three goals and three assists on the year
  • Simpson picked up her team-leading fifth assist of 2017, increasing her four-year point total to 96. The fourth-year attacker is on pace to become the fourth Warrior with 100 career points
  • Nolte’s helper registered as the first assist of the sophomore’s career

Up Next
Merrimack hosts Saint Michael’s College at 4 p.m. from Martone-Mejail Field.

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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