NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After celebrating its three-member Class of 2015 on Senior Day, the Merrimack College field hockey team defeated Southern New Hampshire, 6-1, to secure a key Northeast-10 Conference victory in its penultimate game of the season on Friday afternoon.
Score: Merrimack 6, SNHU 1
Records: Merrimack (9-7, 5-5 NE-10) | SNHU (1-15, 0-9 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
NE-10 Championship Outlook
Standings as of 11/7/14 | Conference record only | Top-six qualify for postseason
LIU Post (8-1)
Stonehill (7-1) Owns head-to-head wins over Adelphi, LIU Post & St. Michael’s
Assumption (6-3) Owns head-to-head win over SMC, MC, FPU
American Int’l (5-3) Owns head-to-head win over FPU, ASM
Franklin Pierce (5-4) Owns head-to-head win over SMC, STO
Merrimack (5-5) Owns head-to-head wins over AIC, FPU, STA
Saint Michael’s (4-4) Owns head-to-head win over AIC, MC
Bentley (3-5) Owns head-to-head win over MC, STA
St. Anselm (2-6)
How It Happened
Prior to the opening whistle, the Athletic Department recognized seniors Katie Bishop (Conway, N.H.), Gina Rosinski (Derry, N.H.) and Abbey Stacey (Sidney, Maine) in a special pregame Senior Day ceremony. After today’s win, the Class of 2015 became the winningest class in terms of total victories in the history of the program (57); the trio was a part of three consecutive trips to the NCAA Semifinals since arriving on campus and helped the Warriors claim their first two NE-10 regular season titles in program history.
After the whistle blew, Merrimack raced out of the gate by scoring the game’s first four goals; junior Christine Zubkus (Dover, N.H.) led things off with her sixth marker of the year at 6:33 on a shot during the midst of a penalty corner sequence.
Seven minutes later, rookies Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) and Rylee Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.) teamed up for the former’s team-leading 11th tally of the season, as Hammond thread a perfect feed to Simpson in front of the net to make it 2-0.
In the 22nd minute, Simpson made it a three-goal lead after punching in a loose ball into the cage following a scrum in front, and then four minutes later Simpson factored into another scoring play, this time setting up sophomore Hannah Magerman (Franklin, Mass.) following a scrum in front of the net.
SNHU would get on the board in the 28th minute on a deflection following a penalty corner to close out the first half with the Warriors leading by a 4-1 margin.
In the second half, Simpson hit the hat trick on an unassisted tally in the 56th minute, and four minutes later added to her career performance with a fourth strike at 59:13 off a feed from Stacey to wrap up a nine-point night for the freshman.
Inside The Numbers
Merrimack outshot SNHU by a 35-6 margin, including 20-2 in the second half
Merrimack also won the penalty corner battle, 15-5, including a 7-1 edge in the second half
Rosinski picked up her first collegiate win after playing the first 12:30 in net; junior Madison Davis (San Jose, Calif.) posted two saves over the remaining 57:30
SNHU’s Cassandra Nickerson finished with 15 saves for the Penmen
Simpson led all players with 10 shots attempted – including nine on net
For the first time this season, every single Merrimack position player appeared in a game at one point
On the cusp of the playoff bubble with one game to play, Merrimack will entertain nationally ranked Stonehill College next Wednesday (Nov. 12) likely needing a win for a berth in the NE-10 Championship . First whistle at Martone-Mejail Field is set for 4:30 p.m.