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Merrimack Field Hockey Adds Taylor Blood to Coaching Staff

With the regular season less than a month away, first-year head coach Megan Shea of the Merrimack College field hockey program is pleased to announce the hiring of Taylor Blood as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 academic year, as announced on Monday afternoon.

“I am very excited about Taylor being a part of my staff for the Merrimack field hockey program. Taylor not only was a fantastic player at Boston University but has risen to the top at a national level just this summer,” Shea stated. “Taylor’s knowledge of the game, her energy and ability to perform, as well as coach, is something that this program and our student-athletes will benefit from.”

“I am extremely honored to accept this opportunity at Merrimack. Megan Shea brings high-level experience, energy, and passion for the game, and I am thrilled to be coaching by her side,” said Blood. “Playing for Boston University and under some of the best coaches in Division I, I am eager to pass along all the lessons and skills I learned to the Merrimack program. Merrimack College field hockey has had great success in the past, and I look forward to furthering this program and growing its success.”

Blood arrives on campus after a heralded four-year career at Boston University. She finished her playing career last fall as a National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Northeast Region Second Team honoree. She also added Patriot League All-Conference First Team and All-Tournament Team honors following a 15-point campaign on four goals and seven assists.

“I am looking forward to having Taylor on staff for my first season at Merrimack,” Shea added.” “I am excited to help mentor and develop Taylor into the best coach she can be for us and down the road in her exciting career ahead. I believe in where Taylor came from and the skill set she already has in place to coach and lead this team to success.”

Recently, Blood advanced in the selection process for the U.S Women’s National Development Squad. The U-21 Junior and Development Squad National Camp included 67 of the top players nationwide, and Blood was one of just three New England natives to advance in the process.

A native of Hampton Falls, N.H., Blood graduated from Boston University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in health science.

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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