FIELD HOCKEY: McNeil’s hat trick leads #8 Merrimack past Southern Connecticut

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Freshman Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) scored her first-career hat trick and second multi-goal game of the season to lead the eighth-ranked Merrimack College field hockey team past Southern Connecticut by a score of 5-1 for their fifth-straight win on Wednesday evening.

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The Basics
Score: #8 Merrimack 5,
 Southern Conn. 1 
Records: #8 Merrimack (8-2, 4-1 NE-10)
 | Southern Conn. (4-7, 3-3 NE-10)
 Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened
Continuing to build on an outstanding rookie campaign, McNeil fired 11 shots in the game, 10 of them being on net, and notched her first-career hat trick and second multi-goal game in just the 10th game of her career. Her first goal came at 17:37 in the first half off of a penalty corner she would pass in. Her pas would find senior captain Sydney Bowker (Schenectady, N.Y.) who fired a pas back to McNeil’s area that she was able to coral and put by the keeper.

Her last two goals were also the last two goals of the game, coming late in the second half, and were both set up by senior Lindsay Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine). The first of the last two came off a great individual effort from Dobecki, flying up the right side of the field carrying the ball past multiple defenders. McNeil would run with her and get open in front of the net where Dobecki would find her for the easy score. The third came from a nice spin-around pass from Dobecki from beside the Owl net, finding McNeil right on the stick who fired it past the keeper to complete the hat trick.

Senior Christine Zubkus (Dover, N.H) would open the scoring for the Warriors, firing a shot from 15 yards out off of a corner into the goal. After scoring two goals on Saturday for the first time, junior Hannah Magerman (Franklin, Mass.) added another one in this contest, corralling a rebound from Southern Connecticut’s keeper and putting it by her for the score.

Inside The Numbers

  • In a season where shots have been plentiful for the Warriors, Wednesday’s game was the pinnacle, firing 35 shots compared to Southern Connecticut’s 16, including outshooting them in the first half by a staggering 18-3. 
  • McNeil’s hat trick bump the freshman up to second in the Northeast-10 Conference in goals (9) and points (21)
  • With the win on Wednesday, the Warriors extend their winning streak to five games and improve to 5-0 at Martone-Mejail Field this season.

Up Next

The Warriors continue NE-10 play when they make the trip to Springfield, Mass. for 1:00 p.m. matchup with American International on Saturday.

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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