NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The fourth-ranked Merrimack College field hockey program honored seniors Samantha Bartush, Mary McNeil and Delaney Yule on Tuesday evening prior to the Warriors’ Northeast-10 Conference tilt against Saint Anselm. In the game that followed, the Warriors took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but dropped a 4-2 decision to the visiting Hawks from Duane Stadium.
The first half saw the Warriors outshot, but opened the scoring despite the disparity. Sophomore Colleen Ellis potted Merrimack’s first tally, while junior goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen made three first-half saves and Yule collected a defensive save with just seconds left to prevent an equalizer. The Hawks came out of the games strong in the second stanza, however, tying the game less than two minutes into the half and using a 4-0 run to put the game away.
The Warriors now head to Adelphi on Saturday to conclude the regular season. A win down in Garden City, N.Y. will give the program the No. 2 seed in next week’s NE10 Championship; the program is guaranteed to host the NE10 Quarterfinals regardless of Saturday’s result.
Score: Saint Anselm 4, Merrimack 2
Records: #4 Merrimack (14-3, 10-2 NE10) | Saint Anselm (12-5, 9-3 NE10)
Location: North Andover, Mass. | Duane Stadium
- MC (1-0) – Late in the first half, Merrimack capitalized after a long ball from freshman Juliane Ohmen found the stick of junior Miranda Judd. The starting back delivered a feed into the attacking zone, where sophomore Colleen Ellis was able to shield off her defender and backhand the pass home to put the Warriors ahead by one
- STA (1-1) – The Hawks’ first strike was created off a penalty corner. Saint Anselm worked the a ball around the zone before a centering feed was redirected by Maddie Bressler to tie the game at one-all
- STA (2-1) – Six minutes later, the visitors scored their second after a scrum in front allowed a Hawks’ forward to pounce on a loose ball to give Saint Anselm the lead
- STA (3-1) – What proved to be the game-winner was eerily similar to Saint Anselm’s first goal of the night. At about the midway point in the second half, another redirection found its way into Merrimack’s net to increase Saint Anselm’s advantage to 3-1
- STA (4-1) – With less than 10 minutes remaining, Saint Anselm added an insurance marker after Ohmen made an initial save, but the rebound went to the far post where an attacker was able to score the free ball
- MC (4-2) – McNeil netted her team-leading 16th goal in the season with 1:53 to play, cutting the Warriors’ deficit in half and forcing the Hawks to use a timeout. Merrimack’s rally ended there, however
- Yule moved into a tie for first on the team with her third defensive save of the year
- Ellis potted her second goal in as many games, and seventh into third to move into third on the team in goals. Judd’s helper on the sophomore’s marker registered as her first in the last 13 contests
- Ohmen finished the evening with eight saves, and has 23 stops since returning to the lineup last week against Stonehill
- Senior Abby Walker paced the Hawks with a two-goal performance
Notes and Notables
- McNeil became the first player in program history to record both 40 goals and 40 assists when he increased her career-best goal today on Tuesday
- The Canton, Mass. native also moved into second place in program history in scoring with 120 points
- The defeat snapped Merrimack’s seven-game winning streak at home, the longest ever in the Warriors’ brief tenure at Duane Stadium
Merrimack wraps up the regular season on Saturday evening when the Warriors travel to Long Island to face Adelphi University at 6 p.m.