Field Hockey

No. 5 Merrimack tops Bentley, will host NE10 Semifinal Friday

Photo: James Stankiewicz/Merrimack Athletics

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.  – Three different members of the fifth-ranked Merrimack College field hockey team scored, including the game-winning tally midway through the second half from senior Delaney Yule, as the Warriors toppled visiting Bentley University, 3-1, in the Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday night at Duane Stadium.

The second-seeded Warriors bested the seventh-ranked Falcons via a 2-0 shutout in the second half to break a one-all halftime deadlock. Both of Merrimack’s tallies in the final stanza came off penalty corners, with Yule’s strike taking a deflection to find that back of the net just 16 minutes into the half. Freshman Juliane Ohmen netted an insurance marker seven minutes later, while her sister and junior goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen finished the night with a game-high five saves.

The victory combined with sixth-seeded Stonehill’s upset of LIU Post (7-1) creates a semifinal showdown between the No. 9 Skyhawks and Warriors on Friday at Duane Stadium, with the semifinal set to start at 4 p.m. Eighth-seeded Assumption knocked of top-seeded Pace, which means if Merrimack wins Friday the Warriors will host the NE10 Championship game on Sunday afternoon (1 p.m.).

Video: Highlights // Delaney Yule Interview

The Basics
Score: #5 Merrimack 3, Bentley 1
Records: #5 Merrimack (16-3) | Bentley (11-8)
Location: North Andover, Mass. | Duane Stadium

NE10 Championship Schedule
Tuesday, November 13
Quarterfinals – at Higher Seeds
Game 1:  #8 Assumption def. #1 Pace (1-0)
Game 2:  #2 Merrimack def. #7 Bentley (3-1)
Game 3: #6 Stonehill def. #3 LIU Post (7-1)
Game 4: #4 Saint Anselm def. #5 Southern New Hampshire (4-2)
Friday, November 16
Semifinals  – at Higher Seeds
Game 5:  #8 Assumption at #4 Saint Anselm (TBA)
Game 6:  #6 Stonehill at #2 Merrimack (4 p.m.)
Sunday, November 18
Championship (to be held at highest remaining seed)
Game 7:  Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner

Scoring Summary

  • MC (1-0) – After 12 minutes went by without a shot, Merrimack attempted two within seconds of each other to go ahead. Senior Mary McNeil cut towards the far post, and banged a shot off the post. The deflection came towards the middle of the attacking zone, where junior Lindsey Nolte was left unmarked. The Canton, Mass. native potted a shot into the agape net to put the Warriors ahead
  • BEN (1-1) – Bentley’s leading scorer, Tess Anderson, brought the visitors back equal with the Warriors. In the 16th minute, a loose ball in the crease got past the Merrimack defense, and Anderson pounced on the scoring chance to bring the game even
  • MC (2-1) – Approaching 20 minutes remaining in regulation, the Warriors took their lead back. Off a penalty corner, McNeil fed Yule who struck a shot that deflected off a Falcons back, and elevated over the shoulder of Bentley’s keeper and into the net
  • MC (3-1) – Freshman Juliane Ohmen doubled Merrimack’s lead with less than 15 minutes to play. The rookie gained possession, deked past a defender to create a shooting lane and scored Merrimack’s third of the night

Top Performers

  • Yule put together one of her best overall efforts of the season, leading the team with four shots and tying for the team high with two shots on goal. She also moved into a tie for the team lead with her fourth game-winning strike of the year
  • Nolte scored her first goal in her last five games, and her first goal at home since the middle of September
  • Juliane Ohmen also snapped a prolonged scoring drought of 11 games. It also marked the newcomer’s first goal at Duane Stadium since the Warriors’ season opener
  • Katharina Ohmen was steady again in net, stopping five of the six shots she faced. The junior has allowed one goal or fewer in five of her last seven games

Notes and Notables

  • The Warriors recorded their sixth win ever in the NE10 Championship, and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2016
  • Merrimack has made two NE10 Finals in program history, but has never won the conference tournament. The Warriors last made a trip to the championship contest in 2012
  • Katharina Ohmen notched the 31st win of her career on Tuesday, moving her within five of tying second place on Merrimack’s all-time wins list. Ohmen is just the third player ever at Merrimack to win at least 30 games in net
  • Nolte tied her career high with her fifth goal of the season
  • McNeil moved within two helpers of tying the single-season assist record (16), which was set in 2009 by April Daugherty ’13

Up Next 
The second-seeded Warriors welcome sixth-seeded LIU Post to campus on Friday for the NE10 Semifinals, with the contest slated to begin at 4 p.m. Merrimack edged the Skyhawks in the regular season, 3-1, in a meeting that occurred less than two weeks ago.

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