Merrimack Field Hockey Throttles Southern Connecticut With Offensive Outburst
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College field hockey program poured in 12 goals – the most for the program since at least 2000 – and saw eight different Warriors score in the Navy and Gold’s 12-1 throttling of Southern Connecticut State on Saturdayafternoon from Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: Merrimack 12, Southern Conn. 1
Records: Merrimack (9-3, 5-2 NE10) | Southern Conn. (2-10, 0-6 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
- Merrimack potted four first-half tallies starting in the seventh minute when sophomore Lindsey Nolte(Canton, Mass.) tapped in a feed from senior Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.). Junior Delaney Yule(Southbury, Conn.) doubled the Warriors’ lead 90 seconds later, pocketing a loose ball at the near post
- Junior Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) scored the Warriors’ third goal of the first 10 minutes, Merrimack’s last until the end of the opening stanza. With no time on the clock, the Warriors earned a penalty corner, which senior Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) buried to make it 4-0 entering intermission
- The Owls’ first goal came in the 40th minute, but a shot from McNeil was tipped home by Hammond to answer right back 48 seconds later
- The second-half scoring continued with strikes from senior Mikayla Panneton (Andover, Mass.) and freshman Serena Rousseau (Plaistow, N.H.). Hammond began a run of three unanswered goals in the 55th minute, with the last of that run hitting the back of the net in the 61st. Hammond’s last goal made it a 10-1 game
- Simpson rejoined the scoring part in the 62nd minute, while sophomore Colleen Slattery (Old Orchard Beach, Maine) ended the offensive onslaught with her first of the year with four minutes to play
- Sophomore goalie Katharina Ohmen (Bremen, Germany) made three first-half saves to record the win, while senior Kayla Raneri (Reading, Mass.) came on in relief to make four stops
Team Leaders (MC // SCS)
- Goals: Rylie Hammond (4) // Jacqueline Touzos (1)
- Assists: Six Tied (1) // None
- Points: Hammond (9) // Touzos (2)
- Defensive Saves: Samantha Bartush (1) // None (1)
- Saves: Kayla Raneri (4) // Brianna Craft (14)
Notes and Notables
- Hammond tied her career high with the four-goal effort, finishing with a team-high nine points. She increased her career total to 47 tallies, moving all alone into second place on Merrimack’s all-time goal scoring list
- With the effort Hammond set career highs in goals (17) and points (36) with five games remaining in the regular season
- Both Rousseau and Slattery connected on their first-career goals
- Merrimack has now scored 22 combined goals over its last two matchups with Southern Connecticut
- Joining Hammond with three-plus point efforts included McNeil (5), Nolte (3), Simpson (5) and Yule (4)
The Navy and Gold travel to fourth-ranked LIU Post on Fridayafternoon for a 2 p.m. tilt in Brookville, N.Y.