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Preview: Merrimack Women’s Lacrosse Opens NE10 Playoffs Against #19 New Haven

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 16 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team begins postseason play for the first time in six yearswhen it takes on No. 19 New Haven in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Wednesday night on campus. Game time from Merrimack Stadium is 6 p.m.

BEER GARDENS AVAILABLE FOR HOME GAMES
Merrimack is pleased to offer a 21 Beer Garden on the stadium patio for select women’s lacrosse home games (opposite the press box side, closest to the Merrimack Athletics Complex). The patio opens one hour before game time and closes midway through the second half. Light snacks are also available for purchase.

Ticket Prices
Adults: $6
Children/Seniors: $4
Students w/ valid NE10 ID: $1
Note: Ticket sales are cash only. Tickets are required for admission to beer garden.

Merrimack in the NE10 Championship:

  • Merrimack is making its 13th appearance in the league tournament, third most in the league, and first since the 2013 season.
  • Of those 12 previous appearances, Merrimack reached the semifinal round of the tournament on nine occasions but has yet to do so since 2011.
  • The Warriors also reached three NE10 Finals, falling to Stonehill on all three occasions (2001, 2005, 2006).

Inside the Series:

  • Merrimack owns an 11-10 record against New Haven and snapped a six-game losing streak with a win earlier this season.
  • The Warriors topped the Chargers in an impressive 13-8 victory at Merrimack Stadium back on March 24.
  • Before then, Merrimack’s last win came at home on May 4, 2011, in the NE10 Tournament as part of a 13-9 victory.

Last Time Out:

  • The No. 15 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team honored its seniors and then sent them home with a victory on Senior Day, as the Warriors held off No. 25 Assumption College in the regular season finale on Saturday at Merrimack Stadium. Merrimack set a school record for wins in a single season (13) in the process. Click here for the full recap.

Poll Watch:

  • Merrimack’s schedule features seven opponents that are ranked in the most recent Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national rankings.
  • The Warriors already faced Adelphi (ranked second when they played), Mercy (ranked 12th), Pace (14th), Stonehill (20) New Haven (8), Le Moyne (3), Bentley (19) and Assumption (25), and upcoming ranked opponents include New Haven again (19).

‘Mack Facts:

  • Merrimack’s 13-4 record marks the most wins in a single season in school history, breaking the prior 12-win threshold set in four previous seasons.
  • Merrimack also had a six-game winning streak at one point this year, its longest such streak since the 2010 season when they won 10 in a row. It enters the playoffs on a four-game win streak.
  • The NE10’s third-ranked offense enters Wednesday averaging 16.29 goals per game, as the Warriors have posted double-digit goal totals all but one of their 17 games. They scored 10-plus goals in 12 straight games, the longest such streak since 2010 when they did so in 14 straight games.
  • On the other end, Merrimack has the fourth-best scoring defense in the league allowing 10.53 goals per game.
  • Junior Amber Feminella leads Merrimack – and the NE10 – with 69 goals and ranks fourth overall in the league with 84 points on the season, five shy of the school’s single-season record.
  • Sophomore Ally DaCosta is one of the top playmakers in the country, averaging 3.73 assists per game (6th/NCAA) while her 68 total points (12g, 56a) ranks second on the team. She has already set the school’s single-season assists record.
  • Freshman Haley Bartlett and junior Bridget Schofield have 63 and 50 points, respectively, with 52 and 41 goals, respectively.
  • Sophomore Olivia Colletti and freshman Catherine Mahanna both have 47 draw controls, while freshman Kelsey Daly has caused a team-most 28 turnovers.
  • Junior Lauren Trepaney has played in the last 11 games with nine starts and owns a 10.30 GAA and .533 SV%.

Scouting New Haven

  • New Haven finished the regular season fifth in the conference standings at 12-5 overall with a 9-4 mark in league play.
  • After a 2-5 stretch that spanned most of March, the Chargers won eight straight to close out the regular season.
  • The Chargers have two of the top scorers in the conference led by Mackenzie Reh, who has 92 points on 69 goals and 23 assists. Jessica Mazliah is close behind with 80 points on an even 40 goals and 40 assists. Caroline Maher has 65 points (39g, 26a) of her own.
  • Raven Linton leads the team with 121 draw controls and 34 caused turnovers, while Courtney Duffy ahs 54 ground balls.
  • Gianna Guerra took over goalkeeping duties during the Chargers’ late-season run and is 5-4 with a 13.85 GAA and .489 SV%.

Inside the Matchup:

#15 Merrimack (13-4, 10-3 NE10) Category #19 New Haven (12-5, 9-4 NE10)
4/21 at SCSU (W, 21-14)
4/25 at Franklin Pierce (W, 16-10)
Recent Games 4/25 at Bentley (W, 9-8)
4/28 vs. Saint Anselm (W, 20-16)
16.29 Scoring Offense 15.82
10.53 Scoring Defense 13.12
277-561 (.494) Goals-Shot Attempts (Pct.) 269-521 (.516)
57-124 (.460) Free Positions Made-Att. 60-98 (.612)
19.59 Ground Balls 21.59
13.47 Draw Controls 17.35
15.82 Turnovers 15.41
9.88 Caused Turnovers 7.41
.826 Clearing (Pct.) .816

Up Next
A win would send Merrimack to the semifinal round of the league tournament for the first time since 2011, which would be played at the site of the highest remaining seed on Saturday (May 5) at a to-be-determined time.

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2018-19 Men’s Hockey Schedule

October
5 - vs. Lake Superior State (7pm)
6 - vs. Lake Superior State (7pm)
27 - vs. UMass (Homecoming) (7pm)

December
28 - vs. Denver (7pm)
31 - vs. Colorado College (4pm)

February
22 - @ UMass Lowell
23 - vs. UMass Lowell

Date Undetermined
TBD - @ Bentley
TBD - vs. Holy Cross

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