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WLAX: Merrimack Falls to #13 Pace

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team fell, 17-5, at 13th-ranked Pace University in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Saturday at Pace Stadium. The Warriors had an early first-half lead and rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie things at 3-all, but the Setters would score 14 of the game’s next 16 goals on the way to the final decision.

The Basics
 Pace 17, Merrimack 5
Records: Merrimack (3-6, 1-4 NE10) | #13 Pace (7-1, 5-0 NE10)
 Pace Stadium | Pleasantville, N.Y.

Rapid Recap

  • Merrimack broke a scoreless tie at the 25:36 mark with a goal from sophomore Amber Feminella (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) before Pace netted three straight to grab a 3-1 lead with just over 20 minutes left in the opening half.
  • The Warriors would net back-to-back tallies in about two minutes to tie things up at 3-all.
  • The Setters, however, would use a five-goal sequence in the span of four minutes and then netted another before the first half ended to take a 9-3 lead into the break.
  • Freshman Ally DaCosta (New Bedford, Mass.) opened the second-half scoring 55 seconds into the frame, but Pace would run off four more consecutive markers to open up a nine-goal lead (13-4).
  • The visitors would get as close as eight the rest of the way, but the Setters ended the game on another four-goal runt o account for the final margin of victory.

Highlights and Notables

  • DaCosta led all Warriors with three points on a goal and two helpers, finishing one point back of her single-game career-best.
  • She was one of five Warriors to record a goal apiece; Feminella, senior Hunter McCarthy (Avon, Conn.), junior Annette Ruggiero (Peabody, Mass.) and freshman Kyra Schwartzman (Kennebunk, Maine) also found the back of the net on Saturday.
  • In net, sophomore Lauren Trepaney (Amherst, N.H.) set a new career-high with 18 saves against the Setters’ high-powered attack.

Team Leaders (MC // PAC)

  • Points: DaCosta (3) // Casey Gelderman (5) 
  • Goals: Five players (1) // Gelderman (5)
  • Assists: DaCosta (2) // Two players (1)
  • Draw Controls: Bridget Schofield (2) // Gelderman (9)
  • Ground Balls: Three players (2) // Angela Kelly (3)
  • Caused Turnovers: Two players (1) // Two players (2)
  • Saves: Lauren Trepaney (18) // Alissa Silvestri (5)

Team Comparisons (MC // PAC)

  • Shots (Total/SOG): 16/10 // 41/35
  • Draw Controls: 5 // 19
  • Ground Balls: 12 // 15
  • Clears: 10-16 // 8-10
  • Turnovers: 16 // 7

Up Next
Merrimack will welcome Franklin Pierce University to town on Wednesday (April 5) afternoon with first whistle set for 4 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but pushed back a day due to expected winter weather in the region over the weekend.

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