PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The 22nd-ranked Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team put together another admirable effort on the road against one of the country’s top teams in what eventually was a 16-10 setback at No. 14 Pace on Saturday afternoon at Pace Stadium.
Score: Pace 16, Merrimack 10
Records: #22 Merrimack (3-3, 1-2 NE10) | #14 Pace (4-1, 1-0 NE10)
Location: Pace Stadium | Pleasantville, N.Y.
- Saturday’s seesaw affair saw both teams exchange goals early and often. Junior Amber Feminella answered each of Pace’s first two goals of the game to keep the score level a 2-2 past the five-mintue mark, and freshman Haley Bartlett netted her first after the Setters went up by two for the first time.
- Bartlett would score two more in succession to post her fourth hat trick of the season at the 15:08 mark of the half, getting the Warriors to within a goal, but Pace would have the last three scores of the half to take a four-goal edge (9-5) into halftime.
- Sophomore Olivia Colletti, Bartlett and Feminella all found the back of the net in the first seven minutes of the second half, which helped bring the Warriors to within two goals (10-8).
- After both sides traded goals again to keep the deficit at two with just under 19 minutes to play, Pace closed out the game by scoring five of the final six goals.
- Feminella finished with a team-high five points, one off of her season-high, on the strength of four goals and an assist to lead all Warriors.
- Bartlett, meanwhile, picked up her fourth hat trick, two goals back of her career-best.
- Colletti and senior Annette Ruggiero had the other two goals for Merrimack, which still managed to score double-digit goals for the sixth straight game this year.
- Four different Warriors finished with two caused turnovers to round out an impressive defensive showing, while freshman Catherine Mahanna led the Warriors with five draw controls.
- Sophomore Tammy Nguyen finished with nine saves in net.
Notes & Numbers
- Feminella added to her league lead in goal-scoring and now stands at 25 tallies on the season, four more of the next-closest player.
- She also ranks second in overall scoring with 30 points.
- Merrimack caused a season-high 16 turnovers as a team. Both sides finished with 21 turnovers overall.
- With 10 more goals on Saturday, the Warriors have recorded double-digit goal totals in each of their first six games, doing so for the first time since the 2011 season when they did so in their first eight games of the year.
- Merrimack’s 3-3 start is its best six-game record since the 2011 season, as well; that year, the Warriors finished 12-7 overall.
- Pace outshot Merrimack by a 34-23, including a 25-18 edge in shots on goal.
- Merrimack finished 4-for-7 on the clear and had 14 ground balls to Pace’s 16. Draw controls were even at 13-13.
Merrimack hosts Southern New Hampshire next Tuesday (March 20) at 4 p.m.