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Merrimack keeps NE10 playoff hopes alive with win over Assumption

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass –Merrimack College women’s soccer team picked up a much-needed win against Assumption College, defeating the Greyhounds 2-0, on Wednesday night from Martone-Mejail Field.
Links: Box Score | Highlights

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2, 
Assumption 0
Records: Merrimack (8-8, 5-8 NE10) | Assumption (9-5-1, 7-5-1 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

NE10 Postseason Outlook:
The top-eight finishers advance to the NE10 Championship, which begins with opening round action on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The semifinals and finals will be played on Friday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 5, respectively will all contests occurring at the site of the higher remaining seed. Merrimack is looking to get back into the eighth and final playoff spot with one game remaining in the regular season. The Warriors need to win, coupled with a Bentley loss or tie to make the post season.
1. Adelphi (11-1)
2. SNHU (9-1-3)
3. Saint Rose (10-3)
4. Franklin Pierce (8-3-2)
5. Assumption (7-5-1)
6. Pace (7-5-1)
7. Le Moyne (6-7)
8. Bentley (5-7-1)
9.Merrimack (5-8)
10. Stonehill (5-9)
11. Saint Anselm (4-7-2)
12. New Haven (43-6-4)
13. AIC (3-7-2)
14. SCSU (2-8-3)
15. Saint Michael’s (2-10-1)

How It Happened

  • The Warriors controlled play for most of the first half, outshooting the Greyhounds 10-4 in the first 45 minutes of action.
  • It was junior Erika Scott (Mendon, Mass.) that got Merrimack on the scoreboard in the 11th minute. Senior Sarah Boucher (Northbridge, Mass.)dribbled the ball in the corner, before sending a cross to the middle of the box. Scott was there to settle the ball and fire it into the net from six-yard line.
  • 49′ – Boucher had a chance to extend the lead. A cross from senior Andrea Rego (Dartmouth, Mass.) found the head of Boucher right next to the end line. However, the diving attempt by Boucher was grabbed out of the air by Assumption keeper Alexis Nason.
  • The Warriors kept the pressure on in the 72nd minute, with three shots in that time frame.
  • Assumption had a great chance to tie as Kallie Villemaire sent a cross from down low into the box. The ball bounced around in the box, but sophomore Erin Fulton (Farmington, Conn.) punched the ball away.
  • 80′ – Merrimack extended its lead on a goal by Boucher. A loose ball in the box was corralled by freshman Izzy McDonnell (Fall River, Mass.) and tipped to Boucher. Boucher settled and fired the ball to the left corner of the net.

Inside The Numbers

  • It was Boucher’s team-leading seventh assist during her senior campaign. She now leads the team with 11 points on two goals and seven helpers. It was also her second multi-point game of the year.
  • Fulton made three saves in her second shutout of the season.
  • Keeper records: Sophomore Erin Fulton (W,4-3) // Alexis Nason (L, 7-4-1)
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 26 (10) // ASM – 12 (3)
  • Corners: MER – 10 // ASM – 3

Up Next
The Warriors finish up the regular season on the road in Manchester, New Hampshire against Saint Anselm on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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