WORCESTER, Mass. – Behind an impressive 12-save effort from freshman goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen(Bremen, Germany) and an early goal from junior Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.), the Merrimack College field hockey team recorded its third straight road win in a 1-0 victory at Assumption on Wednesday night.
Score: Merrimack 1, Assumption 0
Records: Merrimack (5-7, 5-4 NE-10) | Assumption (8-6, 5-4 NE-10)
Location: Multi-Sports Stadium |Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened
- 3′ – Hammond scored the lone goal of the game early on in Wednesday’s matchup, netting her team-leading eighth goal of the season to give Merrimack the 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. The junior would shoot the ball past the keeper to the lower right of the net after a nice feed left her open at close-range on the left side for what would be the only score the Warriors would need.
- 16′ – The Greyhounds looked to respond early to Merrimack’s opening goal, as they were awarded the first three penalty corners of the game, managing six shots on the opportunities. After some quality defense from the backline on the corners, the Warriors would reverse field and rack up offensive zone time, earning seven straight penalty corners of their own. Freshman Miranda Judd (Lebanon, N.H.) would get a nice chance down low right by the post off one of the sets, but would see her shot go just wide.
- 27” – The back-and-forth of momentum would continue in the latter half of the first, with Assumption responding to Merrimack’s seven straight corners with eight unanswered shots in the final 15 minutes before a shot for Merrimack in the final minute of the half. On one of the Greyhound chances off a corner, Ohmen would make an incredible save, going to the ground and extending her leg to deny a quality shot and hold the lead into halftime.
- 43′ – Ohmen would step up again for the Warriors early on in the second half, making another highlight-worthy leg save off a hard shot from Assumption on a corner opportunity that resulted in possession going back to Merrimack.
- Final 10 – The game would become deadlocked for the middle portion of the second half as both defenses would keep the opposing offense from creating any chances. But in the final 10 minutes, the Warrior defense would shine as they broke up multiple rushes from the Greyhounds to keep them from getting close to the net and ultimately holding on for the shutout win.
Inside The Numbers
- Hammond’s eighth goal this year sits five behind her career high of 13 set last year, while the total has her ranked fifth in the conference. The goal is also her third game-winning goal of the season and 11th of her career, which already is tied for third most in program history
- Ohmen’s 12 saves in what was the second shutout of her young career on Wednesday are the second most the rookie has registered in a game, while it’s the most she has recorded in a win.
- With the win at Assumption, the Warriors currently sit in the final spot for playoff contention. The win is also their second shutout in their last three games.
- Shots/SOG: MC – 16/9 // ASM – 19/12
- Corners: MC – 12 // ASM – 9
The Warriors continue NE-10 road action on Saturday when they travel to Adelphi for a noon matchup with the Panthers.