Field Hockey Triumphs in NEC Debut; Palmer Nets Double OT Winner vs. Bryant

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.  – In a similar scenario to the Warriors’ win last week against the University of Maine, the Merrimack College field hockey program saw goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen made double-digit and its offense score timely goals to extend its winning streak to two games. The Warriors posted a double-overtime victory, 2-1, against Bryant University on Friday night, playing the Bulldogs at Boston University’s New Balance Field in the Warriors’ inaugural Northeast Conference (NEC) game.

Ohmen finished the evening with 10 saves, absorbing a 22-shot attack by the Bulldogs. Merrimack fell down, 1-0, only to see freshman Morgan Chase score and equalizer and senior captain Jessica Palmer  net the game-winner in the second overtime.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2, Bryant 1
Records: Merrimack (2-7, 1-0 NEC) | Bryant (1-10, 0-1 NEC)
Location: Boston, Mass. | New Balance Field

Rapid Recap

  • After a relatively quiet first quarter, Bryant scored once in first quarter, but Ohmen made five saves to keep Merrimack within one
  • Merrimack worked its way back into the game, absorbing a couple shots that deflected off the post. Late in the quarter, Merrimack was awarded a penalty corner that led to a goal. After a shot was initially saved, sophomore Juliane Ohmen found freshman Morgan Chase for her first collegiate goal that tied the score, 1-1
  • Ohmen made three saves in the fourth quarter to force overtime, which went by without a goal. The first overtime was scoreless, but Merrimack capitalized early in the second overtime. A scrum in front saw seniors Lindsey Nolte and Palmer connect on the go-ahead goal, giving Merrimack the victory

Notes and Figures

  • The Warriors have now won two straight games, topping both Maine and Bryant by 2-1 finals
  • Both Palmer and Chase scored their first goals of the season; Merrimack now has eight different goal scorers this season
  • Katharina Ohmen brought her season save total to 99 after Friday’s action, and now has a 2.95 goals-against average and a .792 save percentage.

Up Next:
Merrimack immediately returns to action on Sunday afternoon, facing Hofstra University on Sunday afternoon 12 p.m.

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