WORCESTER, Mass. – After a shot by junior forward Colleen Ellis was saved, freshman Wilma Neumann scored on the ensuing rebound, potting the first-ever goal for the Merrimack College field hockey program at the Division I level on Friday afternoon at Holy Cross. The strike made it a 1-1 contest against the Warriors’ Patriot League foes, but despite another 14-save effort for senior Katharina Ohmen, Merrimack dropped a 4-1 contest against the Crusaders.
The contest was tightly played until Holy Cross tacked on a pair of insurance markers in the final quarter; Katharina Ohmen made 12 saves to keep Merrimack in the contest through the first two quarters while senior back Miranda Judd notched the program’s first defensive save to keep another potential goal off the board.
Score: Holy Cross 4, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (0-2) | Holy Cross (1-1)
Location: Hart Turf Field | Worcester, Mass.
- Neumann’s goal answered a tally for the Crusaders that just a little over three minutes into the opening quarter. Ohmen made three of her four first-quarter saves in a span of four minutes while Judd’s defensive save came with less than five minutes to go in the first
- Holy Cross scored off a penalty corner to start the second quarter, taking a 2-1 lead. Merrimack’s defense held strong in the waning minute of the half, blocking one shot while Ohmen added a save in the final two minutes to keep the deficit at one
- Ohmen played another strong 15 minutes to start the third quarter, stopping all five of Holy Cross’ shots on goal to keep Merrimack within striking distance. Senior Lindsay Nolte had a strong third quarter as well, inserting a pair of corners and putting one shot on goal
- A penalty corner and a second-chance opportunity resulted in the final two goals of the game. Both Ellis and Judd put shots on the Holy Cross net in the fourth quarter, but each was stopped.
Notes and Figures
- Ohmen tied her save total from last week against Temple, and has now posted at least 14 saves in a game on four separate occasions in her career. Her personal best of 18 saves occurred during her freshman season
- Neumann scored her only shot on goal of the game. Ellis led all Warriors with three shots on target on the day
- After ranking second on the team last year in defensive saves (3), Judd notched her first of the season. She cleared a ball off the goal line after Holy Cross created a scoring chance following a penalty corner
Merrimack travels all the way to Virginia next weekend, playing two games on Longwood University’s campus. The Warriors face the host Lancers on Friday at 12 p.m. followed by a tilt against Davidson University on Saturday at noon.