FIELD HOCKEY: #10 Merrimack takes down Dowling

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Junior Hannah Magerman (Franklin, Mass.) notched her first career two-goal game to push the No. 10 Merrimack College field hockey team past Dowling College on Saturday afternoon for the team’s fourth-straight victory.

Links: Box Score

The Basics
Score: #10 Merrimack 4,
 Dowling 1 
Records: #10 Merrimack (7-2, 3-1 NE-10)
 | Dowling (2-7)
 Golden Lions Field | Shirley, N.Y.

What They Said
Head coach Anne Rounce, “We are happy to get the win in this one. We came out a bit slow, but when we started playing as a team and let the ball do the work we found success. We need to learn to play hard for the whole game and set the tone quicker, but overall great win.”

How It Happened
Magerman would get the scoring started in the game, netting her first goal in the eighth minute. The junior would deliver a penalty corner on the stick of senior Christine Zubkus(Dover, N.H.) who would find Magerman on a give-and-go to put the Warriors on the board first. The next 25 minutes would go by scoreless, until Dowling put a goal of their own on the board as the half wound down to tie the game up.

The second half of the game would be all Merrimack, scoring three unanswered goals in the final period. The Warriors’ second goal of the game would be the product of Merrimack’s two top-scorers and, like the first goal, would come off of a penalty corner. Freshman Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) would take the corner, as her and Magerman regularly do for the Warriors,  and find Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) who lifted the ball top –right for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Merrimack’s third goal came on an unassisted effort from sophomore Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.) for her sixth goal of the season, matching her season total from her rookie year.

The fourth goal for the Warriors and final goal of the game would yet again come off of a penalty corner and would greatly resemble Magerman’s first goal of the game. With just over five minutes to play, Magerman would set up for another corner, this time finding Simpson on the delivery. The two would also execute a give-and-go type of play to find Magerman for her second of the game.

With the clock falling below five minutes and the Golden Lions trying to make a comeback, Dowling was awarded a penalty shot. Senior goalkeeper Madison Davis (San Jose, Calif.) would make a great save on the attempt and deny Dowling the opportunity to initiate a comeback.

Inside The Numbers

  • With her goal in Saturday’s contest, Hammond has now scored in every game during the Warriors’ four-game win streak, and has found the net in five of the last six games. 
  • Scoring her seventh goal and posting her fourth assist on Saturday, Simpson now sits in the top-five of three different Northeast-10 Conference statistical categories, including second in points with 18.
  • Davis continues to climb the individual conference rankings as well, sitting in second in both save percentage (.816) and goals-against average (1.08)
  • The win today improves the Warriors’ record to 7-2. It is the first time Merrimack has started with that record or better since 2012.

Up Next
The Navy and Gold make their return to Martone-Mejail Field for an NE-10 matchup with Southern Connecticut on Wednesday at 4:30 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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