Field Hockey

Merrimack Tops SNHU, 6-1, on Senior Day


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.

The Basics
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
Adelphi (6-2)
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

Up Next
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.

About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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