ORONO, Maine – The Merrimack College field hockey program completed a comeback effort on Saturday afternoon at the University of Maine, topping the Black Bears, 2-1, at the University of Maine Field Hockey Complex. The victory marked the Warriors’ first win of their new Division I era, besting Maine in the first game between the two programs.
Freshmen Catherine Henaire and Leah Glidden combined for a goal in the second quarter that tied the game, and seniors Alex Mondini and Miranda Judd created the game-winning strike, scoring off a penalty corner. Graduate student Katharina Ohmen tied her season high with 14 saves to preserve the victory, keeping Maine off the board in the third and fourth quarters including a key stop on a penalty stoke to close the third frame.
Score: Merrimack 2, Maine 1
Records: Merrimack (1-7) | Maine (1-6)
Location: Orono, Maine | University of Maine Field Hockey Complex
- Maine struck first, scoring midway through the first quarter on its second shot of the game. Ohmen made three more saves in the first 15 minutes to keep Merrimack within one
- The Warriors answered with a chance off a rebound in the second quarter. Henaire took a shot in that was initially saved, but Glidden was able to pounce on the rebound to score her first career goal, making it a 1-1 game
- The visitors initially absorbed a surge by Maine to start the third quarter; sophomore Bridget Shanahan recorded her first-ever defensive save just 34 seconds into the quarter, and Ohmen needed to make two saves after that to keep the game squared. Six minutes into the quarter, Merrimack won a penalty corner that eventually led to Judd finding Mondini for the second goal of the day, which proved to be the game-winner
- Ohmen continued her extrodinary performance, making two more saves in the third quarter after Merrimack’s strike. Late in the frame, Maine was awarded a penalty stroke that the Warriors’ keeper saved to prevent the equalizer.
- Five more saves for Ohmen in the final 15 minutes highlighted the fourth quarter, keeping Merrimack in front and guaranteeing the victory
Notes and Figures
- For the fifth time this season, Ohmen finished with 14 saves. On Saturday, she posted a season-best .933 save percentage
- Ohmen’s efforts helped Merrimack overcome a 32-6 deficit in shots. The Warriors scored on one of their three second-half shots while Ohmen kept Maine off the board in the final two quarters after facing 20 total shots and making 11 saves
- Judd increased her team lead in assists to three, while Henaire picked up her first career collegiate helper to increase her team lead in points to five
- Mondini recorded her first goal of the year while Glidden became the third different rookie to score for Merrimack in 2019
Merrimack makes its Northeast Conference (NEC) debut on Friday night. The Warriors host Bryant at Boston University’s New Balance Field with a scheduled start time of 7 p.m.