NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior Delaney Yule scored twice, classmate Mary McNeil added a pair of assists and the No. 3 Merrimack College field hockey program recorded its second consecutive shutout, 3-0, over Franklin Pierce University on Friday evening. With her first helper of the game, McNeil recorded the 38th of her career to set a new all-time record for the program in career assists.
Merrimack’s first goal of the afternoon came 11 minutes into the game, but the Warriors did not score again until the second stanza. Yule and McNeil connected again to double the hosts’ advantage, while junior Miranda Judd scored on a penalty stroke later in the half to make it a 3-0 game. Freshman goalkeeper Riley Brown made her first-ever appearance at home, and notched her second consecutive shutout.
Score: #3 Merrimack 3, Franklin Pierce 0
Records: #3 Merrimack (13-1, 9-0 NE10) | Franklin Pierce (6-8, 3-6 NE10)
Location: North Andover, Mass. | Duane Stadium
- MC (1-0) – Junior Alex Mondini inserted a corner in the afternoon’s 11th minute that lead to the opening tally. McNeil received the feed, took a step to her right and feed to cutting Yule to connected a shot the opened the scoring for the Warriors4
- MC (2-0) – Merrimack’s second goal was almost identical to its first, but it just happened on the other side of the turf. Yule received a feed from McNeil after Merrimack won a corner, and pocketed her second of the day
- MC (3-0) – Nine minutes later, Judd scored. The Lebanon, N.H. native took a shot that was save, but an infraction occurred on the ensuing rebound that gave Merrimack a penalty stroke. Judd also attempted the shot, scoring into the left side of the next for her sixth of the year
- McNeil posted her third multi-assist game of the year and first in her last eight contests. She also tied her career high by increasing her season total to 11 on the year
- Yule registered the first multi-goal game of her career. The senior is currently on a five-game point streak (4G, 1A) to bring her season total to 12, ranking fourth on the team
- Judd ranks third on the team in goals after potting one Friday, her first in five games
Notes and Notables
- McNeil broke April Daugherty’s ’13 six-year record of 37 career assists. Daugherty – who coincidentally was inducted into the Merrimack Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday evening – owns a program-leading 159 points and 61 goals, as well. McNeil’s 11 assists continue to lead the NE10
- The Canton, Mass. native owns 37 career goals and 39 career assists, moving closer to becoming the first 40-goal scorer and 40-assist distributor in school history
- The Warriors increased their season-long winning streak to a clean dozen. Merrimack now needs five more to equal the school record
Merrimack hosts Stonehill College on Halloween night at Duane Stadium, starting at 7 p.m. on campus this Wednesday.