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Merrimack women’s lacrosse falls just short in upset bid over No. 12 Mercy

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team gave everything 12th-ranked Mercy College could handle on Wednesday, outscoring the Mavericks in the second half by two goals, but the Warriors’ upset bid fell narrowly short in a 15-13 road setback at Mercy Field.

The Basics
Score: Mercy 15, Merrimack 13
Records: Merrimack (1-1, 0-0 NE10) | #12 Mercy (1-0, 1-0 ECC)
Location: Mercy Field | Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Rapid Recap

  • Merrimack charged ahead in the early goings of regulation with back-to-back goals from sophomore Amber Feminella staking the visitors a 2-0 lead. Mercy would answer with the next four before the Warriors responded to make it a one-goal affair (4-3) with 18:12 left in the half. The Mavericks would use three more goals as part of a 7-1 scoring run to push back ahead by three and eventually took a four-goal ledge (9-5) into the break at halftime.
  • The Warriors got right back in the game with a 4-1 scoring run to start the second half, with senior Annette Ruggiero‘s second goal of the game bringing the visitors within one (10-9) with 20:58 left.
  • Mercy would have a big answer to that run, netting three straight goals in the span of just over a minute to increase its lead back to four. Feminella responded with two more of her own before the Mavericks pushed ahead with two more, making it a 15-11 game with 6:35 left.
  • Ruggiero and rookie Meghan Dzialo found the back of the net in the closing minutes of regulation, but the Warriors would get no closer than two goals before the final horn sounded.

Top Performances

  • Feminella potted five goals for the seventh time in her career to lead all Merrimack scorers; she is now up to 10 points – all on goals – this season.
  • Ruggiero (3g), Dzialo (3g) and senior Carly McKenna (2g) all had multi-goal outings, as well; Ruggiero recorded her first hat trick of the season while Dzialo netted the first such performance of her career.
  • Dzialo and classmate Kelsey Daly led Merrimack with three ground balls apiece, with the latter also causing a team-high three caused turnovers. Feminella finished with two draw controls.
  • Sophomore Tammy Nguyen finished with a career-high 13 saves to highlight her second straight start in net.

Notes and Notables

  • After losing by double-digit scores against Mercy in each of the last two meetings, Merrimack played phenomenally against a team that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Tournament and nearly pulled off the upset.
  • Merrimack’s nine caused turnovers against Mercy were a season-high against the opposition.
  • Merrimack has recorded double-digit goal totals in each of its first two games this season.
  • Mercy outshot Merrimack by a 34-23 margin (28-21 SOG) and outgained Merrimack in ground balls by a 23-17 margin.
  • The Warriors did commit a season-high 19 turnovers, but still were an impressive 20-for-23 on clearing attempts on Wednesday.

Up Next
Merrimack will stay on the road when it visits its third straight ECC opponent this Sunday (Feb. 25), as the Warriors travel to Sparkill, New York, to face Saint Thomas Aquinas at 11:30 a.m.

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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