MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior forward Colleen Ellis scored her first two goals of the season on Friday, potting a pair of equalizers for the Merrimack College field hockey program against Rider University. The Warriors’ third-year attacker brought Merrimack even with Rider entering the fourth quarter, but the visiting Broncs scored twice in the final 15 minutes to emerge victorious. Friday’s Northeast Conference (NEC) contest was played at Tufts University’s Ounjian Field.
On the other end of the field, graduate student goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen maintained her career season by posting a career-high 18 saves. Merrimack fell to 1-1 in league play while Rider improved to 2-0 as the team’s played for the first time in school history.
Score: Rider 4, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (2-9, 1-1 NEC) | Rider (8-3, 2-0 NEC)
Location: Medford, Mass. | Tufts University
- Ohmen made three saves in the first quarter, but Rider scored with less than 90 seconds remaining to take a 1-0 lead
- In the second quarter, Merrimack navigated its way through the midfield to lead to its first goal. Sophomore Alex McDonald gained possession, and weaved her way through defenders. She fed a cutting Ellis, who deflected the feed with one touch past the Brocs keeper to score. Ohmen made two saves late in the quarter to keep the game even at the half
- Seven minutes into the third, Rider netted its second. The Warriors answered with less than one minute to play. Senior Lindsey Nolte started the scoring chance by sending a pass from out wide into the middle of the attacking zone. Classmate Jessica Palmer extended the play, and Ellis finished it to bring the score back square at 2-2
- Rider answered back once more, however, tallying two strikes in a span of seven minutes to pull away from Merrimack
Notes and Figures
- After four 14-save performances that left her one stop shy of tying her career high set as a freshman, Ohmen deflected away shot after shot to finish the night with 18 saves
- The Bremen, Germany native set a new single-season high in saves as well, ending the night with 127 on the year. She needs 11 more to break into the top five in school history in single-season saves
- Ellis finally broke through in the goal column, posting her third career multi-goal game
- Both Palmer and McDonald notched their first helpers of the year
The Warriors continue league play on Sunday when the visit Sacred Heart University, playing the Pioneers at 3 p.m. at Yale’s Johnson Field in New Haven, Conn.