Offense Explodes as No. 14 Merrimack Women’s Lacrosse Beats Saint A’s
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Six different multi-goal scorers – including a few four-goal performances – helped the No. 14 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team blow by visiting Saint Anselm College, as the Warriors scored 14 of the game’s final 19 goals en route to a 25-16 thrashing on Wednesday night at Merrimack Stadium. Merrimack has now won six games in a row.
Score: Merrimack 25, Saint Anselm 16
Records: #14 Merrimack (9-3, 6-2 NE10) | Saint Anselm (7-5, 5-3 NE10)
Location: Merrimack Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
- An eventful first half saw both sides combine for 25 goals in total, and the early goings set the tone for what was to come. Each side lit the lamp a combined five times in less than 2-1/2 minutes – including four goals in the first 80 seconds of the game – as Merrimack built itself an early lead.
- Two tallies apiece from senior Annette Ruggiero and Bridget Schofield helped push Merrimack out to a 5-1 advantage, and then two more goals from rookie Haley Bartlett and another strike from junior Amber Feminella gave the Warriors their largest lead of the first half at 8-2 with just over 19 minutes remaining.
- The Hawks, however, scored six of the next eight goals to turn that six-score deficit to two (10-8); Ruggiero’s third of the game pushed Merrimack in front by three (11-8), but Saint Anselm reeled off three straight to tie the game at 11-all with less than four minutes to go.
- The Warriors took the momentum into the half by scoring the final three goals – one apiece from freshman Meghan Dzialo, Bartlett and Feminella – to send the home side into the half ahead by three.
- That surge carried over to the start of the second frame, as Merrimack scored five of the first six goals of the second half to wrestle control back into its favor for good.
- Saint Anselm never got closer than five goals (19-14) from there on out, as the Warriors wound wind up scoring 14 of the game’s final 19 games from when the game was tied at 11-11 with 3:46 left in the first half until the conclusion of the contest.
- Feminella posted her third eight-point game of the season after tying her career high with six goals and a pair of assists, leading the way for the Warriors offensively.
- Sophomore Ally DaCosta continued her reputation as the team’s top playmaker, dishing another five assists while ranking second overall with seven assists as part of a dynamic showing up front.
- Schofield tied her career high with a six-point outing and is now up to 99 points for her career. She had a four-goal output and added two assists.
- Ruggiero and Bartlett both had five points and hat tricks; the former recorded career-highs in points and goals (5), while the latter tied her career high with two assists.
- Senior Carly McKenna also had two goals, while Dzialo, fellow freshman Catherine Mahanna and junior Olivia Colletti each had a goal.
- Sophomore Courtney Capobianco tied her career-high with three caused turnovers while Feminella and Colletti forced two more miscues apiece, while Schofield led the way with five draw controls.
- Junior Lauren Trepaney started for the fourth straight game and finished with 11 saves, her fourth double-digit save performance of the year.
Notes & Numbers
- Merrimack continued its best start to a season since 2011 by means of its sixth straight win and ninth overall; the Warriors now have their most wins in seven years, when they finished 12-7 overall.
- With 25 more goals on Friday, the Warriors have recorded double-digit goal totals in each of their first 11 games, doing so for the first time since the 2010 season when they did so in their first 14 games of the year.
- Merrimack set single-game highs in goals (25) and points (36) in Wednesday’s win.
- After Wednesday’s results, Feminella remains in second place in the NE10 in goals (50) and fourth in overall scoring (62), while DaCosta now has 39 assists on the year, also good for second in the league.
- Shots: 42-35 (34-27 SOG)
- FPG: (MC-QUE): 3-8 // 3-6
- Draw Controls: 18-25 // Ground Balls: 16-19
- Turnovers: 14-19 (9-4 CT) // Clears: 13-18 // 9-12
Merrimack hits the road to face No. 3 Le Moyne on Saturday, with game time set for 10 a.m.