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No. 6 Stonehill Edges Merrimack Field Hockey

EASTON, Mass.  – The Merrimack College field hockey program tallied the night’s first goal and saw a pair of freshmen score on Wednesday evening against the No. 6 Stonehill College Skyhawks, but a three-goal second half allowed the hosts to pull away from the Warriors, 4-2, in a Northeast-10 Conference tilt from W.B. Mason Stadium.

The Basics
Score: 
#6 Stonehill 4, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (9-5, 5-4 NE10) | #6 Stonehill (12-3, 9-0 NE10)
Location: W.B. Mason Stadium | Easton, Mass.

NE10 Postseason Outlook:
The top-six finishers advance to the NE10 Championship, which begins with the opening round on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The semifinals and finals will be played on Friday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 5, respectively will all contests occurring at the site of the higher remaining seed. Merrimack has three games remaining in the regular season.

1. Stonehill (9-0)
2. Saint Anselm (8-1)
3. Pace (7-2) H2H Tiebreaker over LIU Post
4. LIU Post (7-2)
5. Franklin Pierce (6-4)
6. Merrimack (5-4)
7. Assumption (4-5)
8. Adelphi (4-5)
9. Bentley (4-6)
10. Saint Michael’s (3-6)
11. SNHU (2-8)
12. AIC (1-8)
13. SCSU (0-9)

Rapid Recap

  • Merrimack struck first in the ninth minute, breaking out on a two-on-one opportunity with senior Mikayla Panneton (Andover, Mass.) and freshman Colleen Ellis (Westford, Mass.) leading the charge. Panneton dished across the zone to Ellis, who buried her shot at the crease to make it a 1-0 game
  • In a three-minute span after Merrimack’s goal, sophomore Katharina Ohmen (Bremen, Germany) notched three saves including a point-blank stop in the 13th minute
  • With 7:09 remaining the Skyhawks tied things up, using a chance off a rebound to score at the near post. Ohmen made the initial save, but Stonehill’s Carly Andersen poked the ball home at the near post
  • The second half started quietly, with the team’s combined for just four shots over the first 10 minutes. In the 51st, however, Ohmen came up huge for the Navy and Gold, making consecutive stops at the far post including a full-extension save to keep the game tied
  • With the score at 2-1 in the 58th minute, junior Delaney Yule (Southbury, Conn.) inserted a penalty corner that resulted in a scoring chance for classmate Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.), but the Skyhawks’ keeper Sara Freedman made a diving denial to keep the ball away from the cage
  • Shortly after, the nation’s leading scorer in Kacie Smith raced down the field to score her second goal of the game to make it a 3-1 contest
  • Smith added a third to record a hat trick, but freshman Serena Rousseau (Plaistow, N.H.) answered by striking a 67th-minute shot that cut into the deficit, 4-2. The rally ended there, however, with the Warriors unable to score any additional goals

Team Leaders (MC // STO)

Notes and Notables

  • Ellis’ marker registered as her third on the season. She leads all freshmen on the Navy and Gold in goals (3), assists (2) and points (8)
  • Rousseau is coming on strong towards the end of her first year, netting goals in two of the last three games
  • Ohmen’s 11-save performance marked her third effort of 10-plus saves this season
  • McNeil was active in the attacking zone all night, attempting a team-high eight shots. Fifteen of her 47 shot attempts this season have come in the two games against the Skyhawks

Up Next
The Warriors will play their final road game of the season on Saturday night when Merrimack takes on American International at 7 p.m. in Springfield, Mass.

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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