Merrimack rolls past Wesleyan in season opener
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team saw five players post multi-goal performances – including two five-goal outings – and three rookies all find the back of the net for the first time in a wire-to-wire victory over Roberts Wesleyan on Monday afternoon. The Warriors, who defeated the Redhawks for the third straight year, scored the most goals in a season opener ever, winning it by a 20-5 final.
Score: Merrimack 20, Roberts Wesleyan 5
Records: Merrimack (1-0, 0-0 NE10) | Roberts Wesleyan (0-1, 0-0 ECC)
Location: RWC Stadium | Rochester, N.Y.
What They Said
“Today was a great start considering all the hard work we have put into our off season and preseason. Starting from the opening draw, the ladies played composed and smart, which was a great improvement to see at the start of the season. Our offense had a great day with multiple threats. The defense also played very well, creating chaos for their offense. Overall, it was a great day to be a Warrior!”
–Head Coach Julie Duffy
- Merrimack raced out to a three-goal lead, striking three times over the first 13 minutes to establish early momentum.
- After Roberts Wesleyan got on the board with 17:07 left in the first half to make it a two-goal game, Merrimack outscored the hosts by an 8-2 margin over the remainder of the half to take an 11-3 edge into the break.
- The Warriors yielded just two goals the rest of the way;
- Junior Amber Feminella and freshman Haley Bartlett each had impressive debuts, as both led the team with five goals apiece. The accomplishment was especially impressive for the latter, who was making her first collegiate appearance. Bartlett had notched a hat trick less than 15 minutes into her first game, and dished an assist, as well, to finish with a team-high six points.
- Sophomore Olivia Colletti also recorded a hat trick for the Warriors, while junior Bridget Schofield and freshman Lulu Sweeney each two-goal outings. Senior Annette Ruggiero, junior Emma Bonassar and rookie Meghan Dzialo also scored for the Navy and Gold.
- Colletti led all Warriors with six draw controls while Feminella boasted four ground balls. Defensively, four different players recorded a caused turnover.
- In net, sophomore Tammy Nguyen was stellar, stopping seven of the 12 shots she faced (.583) while allowing only five goals in her first collegiate start.
Highlights and Notables
- Feminella tied her career high with her second-ever five-goal outing; she also did so against Saint Michael’s on March 21, 2017.
- The 20 goals were the most for the Warriors since defeating Wilmington last March 16 by a 22-6 margin.
- Merrimack finished a perfect 17-for-17 on clears and outgained RWC in ground balls by 10 (29-19). They also committed just 10 overs compared to 24 for the Redhawks.
Merrimack returns to action nine days from now when it returns to New York – this time Long Island – to face nationally ranked Mercy next Wednesday (Feb. 21) at 3 p.m.