NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 6 Merrimack College field hockey program saw four different student-athletes score headlined by a five-point effort for senior Mary McNeil and a two-goal performance for freshmen Isabelle Duseau in the Warriors’ 6-0 triumph over American International on Wednesday. The Warriors completed their four-game homestand to start the year with a 3-1 record, with all games coming in non-league play.
Score: #6 Merrimack 6, AIC 0
Records: #6 Merrimack (3-1) | AIC (0-3)
Location: Merrimack Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
- MC (1-0) – Merrimack’s first strike came a shade over 10 minutes into the half. Junior Lindsey Nolte sent a cross-zone pass to the far post, where sophomore Colleen Ellis was waiting to hit a one-timer home
- MC (2-0) – Eight minutes later, a rookie netted her first-ever goal. Freshman Isabelle Duseau corralled a loose ball in the middle of the attacking zone, spun around with the ball and scored via a low shot inside the right post
- MC (3-0) – Three minutes later, the Warriors added their third. McNeil found space in front of the AIC back line, winding and firing a shot past the extended AIC goalkeeper to triple Merrimack’s advantage
- MC (4-0) – Less than 30 seconds into the second, Merrimack scored again with Nolte netting her first of the season via a pass from freshman Juliane Ohmen
- MC (5-0) – McNeil followed suit eight minutes later with her second tally of the night
- MC (6-0) – Showing up in the box score once again, McNeil collected a loose ball off a scramble in front to setup the Warriors’ final tally. The Canton, Mass. native sent found Duseau in the center of the zone, who elevated a shot into the top half of the net to cap the scoring
- McNeil set a season high with five points, which marked her third time in four games totaling at least four points. After a 16-point campaign as a junior, the senior captain already has a team-leading 14 points in just four contests
- Sophomore goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen only needed to make two saves on the night for her second shutout of the year and sixth of her career
- Duseau registered her first-ever goal, point and multi-goal effort all in the same game. She became the fifth Warrior this season with two goals
- Five Warriors notched points on the evening, with Nolte (1G, 1A) joining Duseau, Ellis and McNeil with multi-point evenings
Notes and Notables
- With her assist on Merrimack’s final goal, McNeil became the sixth player in program history to total at least 90 career points. Her 32 career assists rest five away from tying the school record while her 29 goals are tied for the seventh most in school annals
- McNeil now leads the team in goals (5) and points (14). She moved into a tie with junior Miranda Judd in assists (4)
- Merrimack outshot AIC, 32-4, and were equally impressive with a 24-2 edge in shots on goal
The Warriors face Franklin Pierce on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m up in Rindge, N.H. The contest mark Merrimack’s non-conference finale.