WORCESTER, Mass. – For the third consecutive contest, the No. 3 Merrimack College field hockey program started the second half from behind when the Warriors faced Assumption College at the Multi-Purpose Stadium on Wednesday. The Warriors erased a 1-0 deficit behind a game-tying goal from junior Alex Mondini, and saw regulation end in a 1-1 deadlock to bring on Merrimack’s first overtime of the season. Junior Lindsey Nolte ended the contest in the second extra session, deflecting a feed past Assumption’s keeper for her first-game-winning goal of the season.
Junior goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen proved pivotal as well, stopping a season-best 11 shots to keep Merrimack in the game. One of Ohmen’s best efforts of the night preceded the game-winning goal, when the German native stopped an Assumption breakaway 2:30 into the second overtime to prevent the Greyhounds from winning the contest.
Score (2OT): #3 Merrimack 2, Assumption 1
Records: #3 Merrimack (10-1, 6-0 NE10) | Assumption (6-5, 2-4 NE10)
Location: Worcester, Mass. | Multi-Purpose Stadium
- ASM (1-0) – The Greyhounds scored less than four minutes into the game, taking a page out of Merrimack’s book. Sophomore Deidre Burchill netted her fifth goal of the season to put the hosts in front
- MC (1-1) – Merrimack’s equalizer also resulted off a penalty corner. Senior center back Delaney Yule inserted the corner, which found the stick of Mondini who converted
- MC (2-1) – Playing 7-on-7, Nolte’s game-winning goal sent the Warriors back to campus with a win. Leading a rush up the right side, Bartush reared back and delivered a hard pass towards the middle of the attacking zone. Nolte positioned herself to redirect the feed, doing so with just under six minutes to play until the penalty shootout
- Ohmen’s effort in net proved crucial. She posted her fourth game this season with double-digit saves, and totaled 11 after having a combined nine saves in her previous five games
- Nolte scored for the first time in her last five games, and posted her first game-winning goal of the campaign in the process. For the Canton, Mass. native, it marked her first GWG since 2017’s regular-season finale against Adelphi, which delivered a postseason berth for the Warriors
- Mondini joined Nolte in scoring her first goal in five contests, with both players last scoring in Merrimack’s 6-1 win against American International
- Bartush and Yule delivered their third and second assists of the year, respectively, to contribute to the offense from the back line
Notes and Notables
- The Warriors’ have now won nine straight, equaling the 2012 program’s output for the second-longest winning streak in school history. The 2011 squad won 17 consecutive games to post Merrimack’s longest run without a defeat
- The Warriors remain a half game behind No. 4 Pace in the NE10 standings. The Setters own a 7-0 league record, playing one more conference contest than Merrimack (6-0)
- Jumping up to No. 3 in the national coaches poll, the Warriors matched the program’s highest ranking ever
- The win on Wednesday night marked the program’s third straight regular-season victory in Worcester
The Warriors are on the road again this weekend, as Merrimack faces Southern Connecticut at 11 a.m. in New Haven, Conn.