RINDGE, N.H. – A stretch of six uninterrupted goals by the hosts proved to be the difference for the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team on Tuesday, as the Warriors dropped a 9-5 road decision to Franklin Pierce in a midweek Northeast-10 Conference clash at Sodexo Field.
Score: Franklin Pierce 9, Merrimack 5
Records: Merrimack (4-6, 1-5 NE-10) | Franklin Pierce (6-3, 3-3 NE-10)
Location: Sodexo Field | Rindge, N.H.
How It Happened
Merrimack made the trek to Rindge on a cold Tuesday afternoon looking for its first win in three years against Franklin Pierce.
After a scoreless stretch of seven minutes to start the game, Franklin Pierce opened things up with a goal from Briana Sweeney at the 23:32 mark, but freshman Emma Bonassar (Wallingford, Conn.) responded just over three minutes later with her first collegiate tally to tie things up.
After the Ravens restored the lead midway through the half, back-to-back goals in a two-min span by junior Clare Blomberg (Wading River, N.Y.) and freshman Amber Feminella (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) gave the Warriors their first lead of the afternoon.
However, the Ravens would reel off four uninterrupted markers to close out the half and storm out to a 6-3 lead after 30 minutes.
Neither side yielded anything through nearly 20 minutes in the second half, as sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Petzold (Ridgewood, N.J.) was excellent and ultimately finished with a career-high 16 saves. But Franklin Pierce would add key insurance goals in a 30-second span to take a five-goal lead (8-3) with just over 10 minutes to go.
The Warriors would try and mount a late rally, as Feminella and classmate Bridget Schofield (Littleton, Mass.) each found the back of the net in the game’s waning moments. The Ravens, however, would ultimately hold on for the victory.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack was held to its second-lowest offensive output of the season (18-4 loss at Mercy, March 5)
- Bonassar became the 12th different Warrior to find the back of the net this season
- Franklin Pierce’s Briana Sweeney led all players with five goals
- Feminella has scored a goal in all but one of Merrimack’s 10 games this season and has finished with multiple goals in seven of them
- Blomberg highlighted the defense with three caused turnovers, while Schofield led the way with four ground balls and six draw controls
- SOG: Merrimack – 11 // FPU – 26
- Ground Balls: Merrimack – 15 // FPU – 26
- Draw Controls: Merrimack – 7 // FPU – 9
- Clears: Merrimack (12-for-20) // FPU (11-for-19)
Merrimack returns home to take on defending national champion, undefeated and top-ranked Adelphi University on Friday (April 8). First whistle from Martone-Mejail Field is set for 4 p.m.