GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Thanks to the first two-goal game of the season for junior standout Taylor Simpson (York, Maine.), the Merrimack College field hockey team nabbed an upset win at No. 8 Adelphi on Saturday afternoon, beating the Panthers by a score of 3-2 in Northeast-10 Conference action.
Score: Merrimack 3, #8 Adelphi 2
Records: Merrimack (6-7, 6-4 NE-10) | #8 Adelphi (11-5, 7-3 NE-10)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.
How It Happened
- 1′ – Before the Warriors would even get a chance to settle in, they would find themselves in a 1-0 hole to one of the top teams in the NE-10 this season. The Panthers would score just 35 seconds into the game after capitalizing on an early breakaway chance for the first score of the contest Saturday.
- 34′ – The next 33 minutes of the half would go by scoreless, until Simpson would net her first of the game with 1:28 to play until halftime to tie the game at 1-1. The junior would scoop up a rebound and put it into the back of the net for her fourth of the season.
- 39′ – Simpson would make it two unanswered goal for the Warriors to give them a 2-1 lead early in the second half. Her goal would come less than five minutes after her first score in the game and just 3:30 into the second half, netting a shot after the goalie came out of the cage for her two-goal effort.
- 46′ – The Warriors would continue to press in the offensive zone after the two goals from Simpson gave them a lead, and their efforts would be rewarded with a prime opportunity for an insurance goal as Merrimack was awarded a penalty stroke. Senior Nicole Bradley (Essex, Mass.) would take the attempt for Merrimack and fire it by the keeper to extend the lead to two goals with 24:37 to play in the game.
- 66′ – With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, the Panthers would score their second goal of the game a full 65 minutes after opening the game’s scoring to cut Merrimack’s lead to one goal. That one goal lead would hold for the final five minutes, though, thanks in large part to a defensive save from Elizabeth Egan (South Dennis, Mass.) in the final moments of the game to hold to the 3-2 lead.
Inside The Numbers
- The win on Saturday marks the sixth victory for the Warriors in their last nine games after starting the season 0-4. The win also moves Merrimack into the last NE-10 playoff spot, as they currently sit sixth in the conference.
- Egan’s defensive save in the final minute of the game marks the second straight game the senior has recorded a stat of the like. It also improves her career total to 14, which is tied for the most in program history.
- Bradley is now 2/2 on penalty strokes in her career after scoring on her lone attempt during the 2015-16 season.
- Shots/SOG: MC – 12/11 // ADE – 14/11
- Corners: MC – 4 // ADE – 8
The Warriors return home for their penultimate game of the season when they host Stonehill on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. matchup.
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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