NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Three different members of the third-ranked Merrimack College field hockey scored, senior goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen made six saves including a penalty-stroke stop in the first half, and the Warriors topped No. 7 Stonehill College, 3-1, on Wednesday evening to extend their winning streak to 13 games.
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Stonehill pressured early, causing Ohmen to make multiple saves and senior back Samantha Bartush to post her first defensive save of the season. The Skyhawks earned their penalty-stroke attempt within the first 10 minutes of the opening half, but Ohmen dove to her right to stop the attempt. Later in the half, junior Jessica Palmer scored to put the Warrior ahead by one.
In the second half, senior Mary McNeil created some breathing room, but senior Kacie Smith evening the game midway through the frame. Late in the half, and with the Warriors controlling possession, sophomore Colleen Ellisdeflected a shot home that initially was attempted by McNeil to create the 3-1 margin of victory.
Score: #3 Merrimack 3, #7 Stonehill 1
Records: #3 Merrimack (14-1, 10-0 NE10) | #7 Stonehill (10-5, 6-4 NE10)
Location: North Andover, Mass. | Duane Stadium
- MC (1-0) – Junior Alex Mondini inserted the corner that led to Palmer’s tally. The Milford, Mass. native attempted a shot that initially was blocked, but she collected the loose ball and fired a shot home to give Merrimack a 1-0 lead that lasted through halftime
- MC (2-0) – The Warriors’ second goal also was created of a corner. Senior Delaney Yule received the corner, faked a defender to the right and sent a pass towards McNeil cutting to the left. The senior fired a shot home to double the lead
- STO (2-1) – Continuing the trend of the night, Stonehill’s lone goal of the night came off a corner. The insert went to Smith, who carried the ball around the Warriors’ defense to create a shooting lane. The senior converted her league-leading 23rd shot of the year to make it a one-goal game
- MC (3-1) – Ellis’ strike cemented the victory. McNeil found space in the middle of the zone, and delivered a shot far post where the sophomore forward was waiting tip it home
- With McNeil’s three-point effort – her team-leading ninth game of at least three this season – she reached the 40-point plateau to establish a new career best. The senior also tied her career high with 14 goals this season
- Yule’s assist on McNeil’s strike extended her point streak to six, the longest of her career
- Ellis snapped an eight-game drought without a goal with her late strike, her sixth of the season
- Ohmen’s six-save effort equals the second most save the junior has had over her last eight games
Notes and Notables
- By reaching 40 points on the season, McNeil posted just the seventh 40-point effort in school history
- The Warriors’ 13-game winning streak is now within four games of tying the school record, set in 2011
- Stonehill outshot Merrimack, 14-13, but the Warriors owned an 11-8 advantage in shots on goal
- Entering the night leading the nation in penalty corners, Merrimack lived up to the reputation by winning 10, compared to seven for the visitors.
Merrimack heads to No. 4 Pace University on Saturday for a 5 p.m. tilt against the Setters. Both Merrimack and Pace were unveiled as the top-two programs in the first NCAA Division II East Region poll on Wednesday, and will enter Saturday at the top-two squads in the NE10. The Setters are 11-0 in NE10 play, while the Warriors are 10-0.