Field Hockey

No. 3 Merrimack blanks Saint Michael’s

Photo: Merrimack Athletics

COLCHESTER, Vt.  – Three different Warriors scored goals, freshman goalkeeper Riley Brown recorded a shutout in her collegiate debut and the No. 3 Merrimack College field hockey program handed Saint Michael’s a 4-0 loss on Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Field in Colchester, Vt.

The Basics
Score: #3 Merrimack 4, Saint Michael’s 0
Records: #3 Merrimack (12-1, 8-0 NE10) | Saint Michael’s (1-11, 1-7 NE10)
Location: Colchester, Vt. | Duffy Field

Scoring Summary

  • MC (1-0) – After two shots over the first 10-plus minutes, the Warriors converted. A penalty corner made its way to senior Mary McNeil, who delivered a feed to senior Delaney Yule. Merrimack’s starting center back – who entered the game on a three-game point streak – sent one through the five-hole of the Saint Michael’s keeper to give Merrimack a lead
  • MC (2-0) – Forty seconds later, junior Lindsey Nolte doubled Merrimack’s advantage with her second tally in her last three contests, scoring on a back-handed attempt
  • MC (3-0) – With no time left on the clock, Merrimack was awarded a penalty corner and converted to end the half with a goal. Junior Alex Mondiniinserted the feed, which went directly to classmate Jessica Palmer. The starting midfielder potted the third goal of the first half to bring on the halftime break
  • MC (4-0) – Palmer and Nolte connected as the clock ticked under 10 minutes to quadruple the vistors’ lead. Nolte sent a crossing pass in the direction of the Mildford, Mass. native, who pocketed her second of the afternoon

Top Performers

  • Yule’s first-half goal extended her points streak to four games, which has featured goals in three of the four contest. The senior captain owned one point over her first nine games and now boasts seven over her last four
  • For the second straight game, Palmer scored twice for the Warriors. She now has three multi-goal games this season, and seven of her eight tallies on the year have come in three games
  • All four of Brown’s saves came in the second stanza, which saw the Canton, Mass. native snuff out any hit of a Saint Michael’s comeback
  • Nolte tied her season high with three points, her third three-point game of the year. The junior also now has 12 points on the year, tying her career best

Notes and Notables

  • McNeil’s assist in the first half moved her team-leading total to nine, and tied the program record for career assists with 37
  • With 11 consecutive wins, the Warriors now rest within six of equaling the 17-game run the 2011 program went on, which remains the longest in school history
  • Yule also added a defensive save in the second half, her second of the season. The stop marked the 12th of her career, moving the Southbury, Conn. native into a tie for fifth in program history

Up Next
Merrimack returns home on Friday afternoon, hosting Franklin Pierce on Homecoming Weekend for a 4 p.m. match at Merrimack Stadium.

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