NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – With the Warriors in a tight hunt for a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Championships in their final week of the regular season, the Merrimack College field hockey team won its fifth game in its last seven and second straight game over a ranked opponent as the Warriors topped #5 Stonehill at home on Tuesday afternoon, 4-1.
Score: Merrimack 4, #5 Stonehill 1
Records: Merrimack (6-7, 6-4 NE-10) | #5 Stonehill (12-4, 8-3 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail |North Andover, Mass.
NE-10 Postseason Outlook:
The top-six programs in the NE-10 standings advance to the NE-10 Championship, with the top-two teams receiving a bye. The three and four seeds will host quarterfinal matchups on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
1. Saint Anselm (9-1)
2. Stonehill (8-2)
3. LIU Post (7-3)
4. Adelphi (7-3)
5. Merrimack (7-4)
6. Assumption (6-4)
7. American Int’l (6-5)
How It Happened
- First 10′ – The Warriors came out firing Tuesday’s contest against the fifth-ranked team in the nation, registering five shots on five earned penalty corners in the first 10 minutes of the game alone. One of those shots off the stick of sophomore Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) would beat the keeper but roll right through the crease to just miss an early score.
- 17′ – McNeil would seek and find redemption just over 10 minutes after her first scoring chance, making a nice individual effort to get close to the net and fire ball by the keeper into the corner of the net for her sixth of the season to put Merrimack up 1-0.
- 23′ – Merrimack continued to be the aggressor after their opening goal, and saw that mentality be rewarded just six minutes later after a 2-on-1 attack initiaed by junior Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.) would see McNeil fouled in front of the net, earning the Warriors a penalty shot. Junior Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) would take the set for Merrimack and convert for the two-goal lead that held into halftime
- 43′ – With the shutout still intact, senior Elizabeth Egan (South Dennis, Mass.) would stop one of Stonehill’s few chances in the second half as she would make a great defensive save on an open goal to keep the Skyhawks scoreless. It would be her third straight game with a defensive save.
- 55’/59′ – The Warriors would net two insurance goals in the final 15 minutes of the contest, starting with the second goal of the game for Simpson as she put back a high rebound up and over the keeper to make it 3-0. Four minutes later, senior Nicole Bradley (Essex, Mass.) would get in on the action, putting home a nice feed from junior Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.) to extend the lead to 4-0 with just 11:57 to play in the game.
Inside The Numbers
- Egan’s defensive save on Tuesday not only marks her third straight game with one, but it also improves her career total to 15, which is the most by an athlete in the history of the program.
- After recording the first shutout of her career with a career-high 11 saves last week, freshman goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen (Bremen, Germany) kept it rolling with six saves on Tuesday, allowing just one goal in the final two minutes of the game.
- Simpson recorded her second straight game with two goals on Tuesday, as she did the same in Merrimack’s 3-2 win at #8 Adelphi Saturday.
- Shots/SOG: MC – 24/17 // STO – 16/9
- Corners: MC – 10 // STO – 5
The Warriors will play their regular season finale at home on Saturday when they host #3 Saint Anselm for Merrimack’s Senior Day. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.