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No. 2 East Stroudsburg Tops No. 9 Merrimack in Season Opener

Katharina Ohmen
(James Buck / Merrimack College)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa.  – Senior Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) scored with less than 20 minutes remaining in regulation to tie Saturday’s season-opening contest at No. 2 East Stroudsburg for the ninth-ranked Merrimack College field hockey program, but East Stroudsburg potted the deciding goal with less than six minutes to play in Saturday’s 2-1 final from Whitenight Field.

The Basics
Score: #9 Merrimack, 
#2 East Stroudsburg
Records: #9 Merrimack (0-1) | #2 East Stroudsburg (1-0)
Location: Whitenight Field | East Stroudsburg, Pa.

How it Happened

  • Sophomore Katharina Ohmen (Bremen, Germany) made three saves through the first 20 minutes as both teams traded chances. Simpson put the game’s first shot on goal, while classmate Mikayla Panneton (Andover, Mass.) threw a chance on the woodwork, as well
  • In the second half, Stroudsburg attempted three corners over a span of three minutes before finally converting at the 51:05 mark to take a 1-0 lead
  • Three minutes later, Simpson answered. Junior Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) delivered a penalty corner into the danger area, and  rebound came out to Simpson who potted the equalizer
  • Ten minutes, Ohmen made a string of three saves over 20 minutes before Sydney McCarthy of East Stroudsburg was able to beat Merrimack’s netminder to make it a 2-1 gam
  • In the waning minutes, Merrimack was rewarded multiple corners that resulted in shots from Simpson and Panneton, but both were saved to give Stroudsburg the victory

Team Leaders (MC // ESU)

  • Goals: Taylor Simpson (1) // Two tied (1)
  • Assists: None // Sydney McCarthy (1)
  • Points: Simpson (2) // McCarthy (3)
  • Defensive Saves: None // McCarthy (1)
  • Saves: Katharina Ohmen (8) // Hailey Frisco (4)

Notes and Notables

  • Simpson’s goal moves her into third place on Merrimack’s career list with 35 total. She also moved into a tie for fourth in points with 85 points
  • Ohmen’s eight-save performance marked the sixth time in her 14-game career that she’s totaled at least 10 stops in a contest
  • Newcomers Colleen Ellis (Westford, Mass.)Sarah Johnson (Stow, Mass.)Serena Rousseau (Plaistow, N.H.) and Colleen Slattery (Old Orchard Beach, Maine) made their Merrimack debuts while Saturday marked the coaching debut of Megan Shea

Up Next
Merrimack travels to Bentley University for a non-conference contest at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th 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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