FH: No. 8 Merrimack Shuts Out SCSU

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The eighth-ranked Merrimack College field hockey team used a pair of goals from senior Katie Bishop (Conway, N.H.) and four overall to knock off Southern Connecticut State, 4-0, in a Friday afternoon matchup at Martone-Mejail Field.

The Basics
Score: #8 Merrimack 4, Southern Connecticut State 0
Records: #8 Merrimack (3-1) | Southern Connecticut State (1-3)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

What They Said
Head Coach Anne Rounce: “First off, we continue to send our condolences to Southern Connecticut, who was playing with heavy hearts after a loss of someone close to them this week. While we were able to get the win, we still have plenty to improve on. We haven’t put together a full 70-minute effort yet, and we’ll have to continue to improve with a talented Bentley team coming to town Tuesday.”

How It Happened
With the Warriors leading by two goals at the break, Bishop put SCSU away with her first two goals of the season, first on a penalty stroke and then again at the end of a penalty corner, as Merrimack posted its second consecutive shutout win at home this week.

In an evenly paced contest, Merrimack and Southern Connecticut trudged through a physical opening half that saw both sides post a number of scoring chances, but neither broke through until freshman Kylee Duteau (Gardner, Mass.) deflected in a long send from Bishop into the right side of the cage at the 27:20 mark.

Two minutes later, junior Lindsay Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine) was the beneficiary of a ball that rebounded right back to her, and the forward managed to find the black for her first collegiate marker to send the Navy and Gold into the break leading by two after junior goalkeeper Madison Davis (San Jose, Calif.) kept SCSU off the board with a pad save on a penalty stroke.

In the second half, Merrimack was rewarded a penalty corner and a scrum in front of the net gave the Warriors a penalty stroke of their own, one that was converted by Bishop to make it 3-0.

Finally, Bishop fired home a blast from the left end of the circle on a penalty corner to round out the night, with junior Christine Zubkus (Dover, N.H.) and sophomore Kaitlin McCauley (Newburyport, Mass.) earning assists on the setup.

Inside The Numbers
Merrimack finished with a 25-15 edge in shot attempts thanks to a dominant second half that saw the Warriors out-chance SCSU by a 14-5 margin
Davis finished with six saves, while sophomore Elizabeth Egan (South Dennis, Mass.) recorded the game’s only defensive save
Merrimack held a slim edge in penalty corners as well, 10-9

Up Next
The Warriors continue their season-long four-game homestand with a Tuesday (Sept. 23) night test against rival Bentley at Martone-Mejail Field. First whistle is set for 7 p.m.

About Mike McMahon 6221 Articles
Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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