NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Playing in its second game in as many nights, the ninth-ranked Merrimack College field hockey program knocked off No. 10 Stonehill, 5-4, on Wednesday evening in non-league play from Martone-Mejail Field behind a five-point night from senior Rylie Hammond(Phillipston, Mass.) and three defensive saves for junior center back Delaney Yule (Southbury, Conn.). The Warriors improved to 4-1 on the year entering their Northeast-10 Conference opener on Sunday.
Score: #9 Merrimack 5, #10 Stonehill 4
Records: #9 Merrimack (4-1) | #10 Stonehill (2-3)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
Head Coach Megan Shea: “It was a great game against a great opponent. We are finally putting the pieces together, getting corners, scoring goals, etc. I’m very pleased with our goalkeeping and individuals on and off the bench who are stepping up big for us. It’s a very exciting future for this team, and after the back-to-back games, it really showed how badly this team wants it.”
- Stonehill pressured Merrimack early, with reigning Longstreth/NFHCA Division II Player of the Week Kacie Smith recording two shots in the 11thminute the resulted in a save for sophomore Katharina Ohmen (Bremen, Germany) and a defensive save for Yule. Yule picked up all three of her defensive saves in a three-minute span in the first half
- The Skyhawks opened the scoring in the 13th minute, but freshman Colleen Ellis (Westford, Mass.) netted her first-ever goal to tie the score at the 17:34 mark
- Hammond netted her first goal of the night with 14 minutes to play in the opening stanza, giving the Warriors a 2-1 lead at halftime
- Four minutes into the second half, junior Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) struck a pin-point delivery to the far post where sophomore Lindsey Nolte(Canton, Mass.) tipped it home to double Merrimack’s lead
- That tally started a run where the program’s traded goals with senior Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) answering a Smith goal with a strike of her own to increase Merrimack’s lead to 4-2.
- Hammond netted her second of the night with less than 15 minutes remaining to double the Warriors’ lead once again, 5-3
- Stonehill answered one more time to cut its deficit in half, and had a chance to tie the game with less than six minutes to play. Smith stepped up to take a penalty stroke, hitting the ball high and left, but Ohmen dove and blocked the shot over the crossbar to prevent the equalizer
Team Leaders (MC // STO)
- Goals: Rylie Hammond (2) // Kacie Smith (3)
- Assists: Mary McNeil (2) // Carly Andersen (1)
- Points: Hammond (5) // Smith (6)
- Defensive Saves: Delaney Yule (3) // Michaela Antonellis (1)
- Saves: Katharina Ohmen (13) // Sara Freedman (13)
Notes and Notables
- Ellis became the second Warrior in as many nights to collect their first-ever goal
- Yule now has all four of Merrimack’s defensive saves through fives games, and is tied for the lead in the NE10
- With 13 points on the season, Hammond vaulted in second place in the NE10. She now has 86 for her career, moving into fifth on Merrimack’s all-time list
- Ohmen’s 13 saves tied her season high as she jumped into third in the NE10 with 45 stops through five games
The Warriors begin NE10 play on Sunday afternoon when the Navy and Gold host Pace University on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from Martone-Mejail Field.