NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Career showings by freshman midfielder Olivia Colletti (Massapequa, N.Y.) and sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Trepaney (Amherst, N.H.) highlighted a thorough, 13-6 victory for the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team against Saint Michael’s College on Tuesday night. The Warriors picked up their first home win of the season and evened their overall and Northeast-10 Conference record in the process.
Score: Merrimack 13, Saint Michael’s 6
Records: Merrimack (3-3, 1-1 NE10) | Saint Michael’s (1-2, 0-2 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
- After both sides traded goals in the first six minutes, Merrimack closed out the half with a 5-1 scoring run, as Colletti notched her first collegiate hat trick at the 20:59 mark before the Purple Knights interrupted the run at 18:55. Merrimack would get the last two goals of the half to carry a 6-2 lead into the break.
- Colletti found the back of the net once again just past the third minute of the second half before Saint Michael’s answered three minutes later to get to without four (7-3).
- That, however, was the closest the visitors would get for the remainder of the game, as Merrimack used three straight goals to build a game-high seven-goal lead (10-3) with 11:12 left.
- The Purple Knights did bury a pair of goals in less than 10 seconds to make it interesting at 10-5, but that would once again be answered by another three-goal stretch for the hosts – their third such run of the game – to pump their lead to eight (13-5), and the Warriors would allow just one more from there on out to pick up the victory.
Highlights and Notables
- Colletti, who before Tuesday had never scored more than one goal and two points in a single game, went off for seven points on the aforementioned five goals and two helpers. She joins sophomore Emma Bonassar (Wallingford, Conn.) as the only two Warriors to record seven or more points in a game this season.
- Colletti also joins Bonassar and sophomore Bridget Schofield (Littleton, Mass.) as the only Warriors to score five goals in a single game this season.
- While Colletti was stealing the show on offense, Trepaney sophomore Lauren Trepaney was a rock between the pipes in recording a career-high 14 saves as part of a stellar defensive showing. She did so despite Merrimack allowing a season-high 26 shot attempts and 20 shots on goal.
- Trepaney and the Warriors tied their best single-game outing as far as fewest goals allowed (6), accomplished two other times this season prior to tonight (NYIT – 2/28; Wilmington – 3/16).
- Junior Annette Ruggiero (Peabody, Mass.) was the lone other multi-goal scorer and finished with three points (2g, 1a). Senior Hunter McCarthy (Avon, Conn.), freshman Kyra Schwartzman (Kennebunk, Maine), Schofield, junior Carly McKenna (Saco, Maine), Bonassar and sophomore Amber Feminella (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) all found the back of the net once for Merrimack, as well.
- Rookie Danielle Schweitzer (West Islip, N.Y.) was once again strong on the back end with a team-high three caused turnovers, while Ruggiero led the pack with a career-high five draw controls.
Team Leaders (MC // SMC)
- Points: Colletti (7) //Paige MacKinnon/Kealy Moyna (2)
- Goals: Colletti (5) // MacKinnon/Moyna (2)
- Assists: Colletti (2) // Two players (1)
- Draw Controls: Ruggiero (5) // Ashley Dineen (5)
- Ground Balls: Schofield/Trepaney/Schweitzer (3) // Dineen (5)
- Caused Turnovers: Schweitzer (3) // Annie Martin (3)
- Saves: Trepaney (14) // Grace Gunning (14)
Team Comparisons (MC // SMC)
- Shots (Total/SOG): 35/27 // 26/20
- Draw Controls: 12 // 9
- Ground Balls: 22 // 20
- Clears: 22-28 // 19-20
- Turnovers: 18 // 19
Merrimack continues league play on Saturday (March 25) when it visits 12th-ranked New Haven for a 1 p.m. matchup.
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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