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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Five goals from six different players, including two from sophomore Taylor Simpson(York, Maine), led the No. 10 Merrimack College field hockey team to a 6-0 victory over Pace University on Tuesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference play.

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The Basics
Score: #10 Merrimack 6,
 Pace 0 
Records: #10 Merrimack (6-2, 3-1 NE-10)
 | Pace (2-6, 0-3 NE-10)
 Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened
The Warriors would attack and score early in this one and would not let up for the duration of the game. At the 5:33 mark in the first half, senior Christine Zubkus (Dover, N.H.) would score on a rocket of a shot that blew past the keeper from about 12 yards out off of a penalty corner from junior Hannah Magerman (Franklin, Mass.). The goal was Zubkus’ first of the season.

Averaging nearly a goal in every game she has played, freshman Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) continued to establish herself as an NE-10 Rookie of the Year contender, scoring her team-leading sixth goal of the season. She is tied with Simpson for that distinction.

The Warriors wouldn’t score again until the second half, but would pile on four goals in the final 35 minutes. Simpson got the scoring started six minutes into the half on a great individual effort, powering a goal into Pace’s net amidst defenders.

Just seven minutes later, fellow sophomore Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.) would score for the third straight game on a beautiful bang-bang play, with Nicole Bradley(Essex, Mass.) finding Zubkus down low, followed by Zubkus delivering a pass across the crease to an open Hammond for the score to make it 4-0.

At 50:44 in the second half, Simpson was awarded her second penalty shot of the game. On her first attempt, an incredible blocker-save from Pace’s keeper Lesly Sanchez Alvarez would keep Simpson from scoring. Simpson would not be denied on her second attempt, however, firing a shot to the low corner for her second of the game and sixth of the season.

Three and a half minutes later, Bradley, who is more known for setting up teammates with her team-leading four assists, would score her first of the season on a great shot from 15 yards out that found the lower-left corner for the sixth and final score of the game.

Inside The Numbers

  • With their win Tuesday, the Warriors have won three straight for the second time this season and remain undefeated at home, going 4-0 so far in 2015 at Martone-Mejail Field.
  • Warriors now hold three spots in the top-five goal scorers in the NE-10, with Hammond (5), Simpson (6) and McNeil (6).
  • Davis now sits second in the NE-10 in save percentage (.818) and goals-against average (1.09)
  • Bradley is now tied for third in the NE-10 in assists with four.

Up Next
The Warriors are back on the road as they travel to Oakdale, N.Y. for a Saturday afternoon matchup with Dowling at 2:00 p.m.

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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