SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The No. 14 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team won for the fourth straight game after toppling American International College by a 17-7 tally in Tuesday night Northeast-10 Conference action at Abdow Field.
Score: Merrimack 17, American Int’l 7
Records: #14 Merrimack (7-3, 5-2 NE10) | American Int’l (3-8, 0-7 NE10)
Location: Abdow Field | Springfield, Mass.
- Merrimack found itself in a battle early; after freshman Haley Bartlettanswered the bell first less than two minutes into the game, AIC went ahead after back-to-back goals a minute apart.
- Bartlett would draw even before the Yellow Jackets went back in front with 17:27 to play; that, however, would be the last time the hosts would lead all game long, as Merrimack closed out the half with the final five goals. Bartlett netted a hat trick before juniors Amber Feminella and Bridget Schofield pushed the Warriors ahead for good with 10:06 left.
- Bartlett and sophomore Olivia Colletti would found the back of the net once more apiece, as the Navy and Gold went into halftime leading by a 7-3 score.
- The Warriors pushed their lead to six with Feminella scoring in succession to net a hat trick of her own, but AIC made it interesting by getting back-to-back goals just about 90 seconds apart to get within clawing distance (9-5) with over 24 minutes left.
- Merrimack would answer again with four straight goals to take control of the game. Feminella, Colletti and freshman Meghan Dzialo gave the Warriors their largest lead of the night at the time before the Yellow Jackets eventually answered with 15:39 left. Each side traded goals again before Merrimack closed the contest out with goals from Schofield, Feminella and senior Annette Ruggiero to wrap up the victory.
- A few familiar faces littered the top of the scoresheet for Merrimack; Feminella (5g) and Bartlett (4g, 1a) joined sophomore Ally DaCosta (5a) with five points apiece, while Colletti had four points herself on a hat trick and a helper. DaCosta tied her career-high with her five helpers.
- Both Schofield and Ruggiero were dominant on the restarts, leading Merrimack with four draw controls apiece. Colletti led all non-goalies with three ground balls and was one of four Merrimack players to cause two turnovers, as the defense as a whole caused 12 AIC miscues.
- Junior Lauren Trepaney started again and made 12 saves in another impressive outing in net.
Notes & Numbers
- Merrimack secured its first four-game winning streak since the 2010 season and continued its best start to a season since 2011, when the Warriors finished 12-7 overall.
- With 17 more goals on Tuesday, the Warriors have recorded double-digit goal totals in each of their first 10 games, doing so for the first time since the 2010 season when they did so in their first 14 games of the year.
- Feminella increased her goal and point total to 43 and 53, respectively, ranking second and fourth in the league in both categories. DaCosta now has 26 assists on the year (3rd/NE10), while Trepaney pushed her NE10-best save percentage to .603.
- Shots: 33-31 (30-19 SOG)
- FPG: (MC-AIC): 5-10 // 0-6
- Draw Controls: 13-13 // Ground Balls: 22-19
- Turnovers: 16-22 (12-8 CT) // Clears: 15-18 // 14-20
Merrimack returns home for its final non-conference game of the year on Friday (April 6) when it hosts Queens College at Merrimack Stadium. Game time is set for 3 p.m.