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PREVIEW: Merrimack Field Hockey Heads to St. A’s For NE-10 Semifinal Friday

MANCHESTER, N.H. – For the second consecutive season, the Merrimack College field hockey team will compete in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals on Friday when the fifth-seeded Warriors travel to top-seeded and third-ranked Saint Anselm to take on the Hawks in a 4:00 p.m. matchup.

The Basics
Date/Time:
 Nov. 4 | 4 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (9-7)
 | #3 Saint Anselm (15-3)
Location:
 Grappone Stadium | Manchester, N.H.

Links: Live Stats | Video | Follow @MerrimackFH

2016 NE-10 Championship:
Tuesday, November 1st
Quarterfinals ­- at Higher Seeds
Match 1: #3 Stonehill 1, #6 Assumption 0
Match 2: #5 Merrimack 1, #4 Adelphi 0

Friday, November 4th
Semifinals – at Higher Seeds
Match 3: #5 Merrimack at #1 Saint Anselm (4:00 PM)
Match 4: #3 Stonehill at #2 LIU Post (1:00 PM) 

Sunday, November 6th
Championship Final­ at Highest Seed
Match 7: Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner (1:00 PM)

Last Time Out:

  • The fifth-seeded Warriors needed just one goal from junior Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.) to defeat fourth-seeded and ninth-ranked Adelphi on the road in the NE-10 Quarterfinals this past Tuesday, 1-0.
  • Junior Mikayla Panneton (Andover, Mass.) registered her first point of the season on Hammond’s goal, feeding a great through pass to her classmate that sent her in for a clean look at the net.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen (Bremen, Germany) recorded her third shutout of the season in her first collegiate playoff game, making nine saves in the contest including some of the highlight-reel variety.

Earlier This Season vs. Saint Anselm:

  • The Warriors cruised past the third-ranked Hawks in their lone matchup of the 2016 season just last week, ending Saint Anselm’s seven-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory on Merrimack’s Senior Day.
  • Hammond registered her second mutli-goal game of the season in the win, netting the final two goals of the game to put the Warriors far out ahead of the Hawks late in the matchup. Classmate Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) and sophomore Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) each added a goal in the game.
  • Merrimack’s backline shined against one of the conference’s top offenses, holding the Hawks to just four shots on goal in the entire game and allowing them just three penalty corners.

The Hawks:

  • #3 Saint Anselm enters the semifinals with a 15-3 record on the season and a 10-2 record in conference, earning them the top-seed in the NE-10 Championships. They have won seven of their last eight games, with the lone loss coming to Merrimack in their regular season finale.
  • Junior Allia Connolly leads an evenly dispersed Saint Anselm offense as she leads her team with seven goals and 18 points on the year. The Hawks have 11 different players that have scored at least two goals or more.
  • The 2016 NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year, Katherine Sears has been a rock in net for the Hawks all season long. She boasts a 1.07 goals-against average to go along with a .804 save percentage and four shutouts.

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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