PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Taking a step away from Northeast Conference (NEC) play on Sunday, the Merrimack College field hockey program traveled to Providence, R.I. to face No. 25 Providence College in non-conference play. Graduate student Katharina Ohmen continued her impressive season, stopping 16 shots for Merrimack. The Friars prevailed in the end, however, claiming a 5-1 victory at Lennon Family Field.
Score: #25 Providence 5, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (2-12) | #25 Providence (10-5)
Location: Providence, R.I. | Lennon Family Field
- Merrimack took the game’s first shot, an attempt off the stick of sophomore Alex McDonald. The Warriors defense held Providence to two shots on goal in the first 15 minutes, but the Friars scored on a rebound opportunity to take a 1-0 lead
- Ohmen starred in the second quarter, making three saves in the first four minutes of the quarter. With about eight minutes left in the half, the nationally ranked Friars won a penalty stroke, but Ohmen was up to the task, making the save to keep the deficit at one. With two minutes to go until halftime, however, Providence fired a goal into the upper quadrant of the net, doubling its edge
- Merrimack scored off a corner in the first quarter, cutting its deficit in half. Senior Lindsey Nolte inserted the corner to classmate Miranda Judd. The team captain then found senior Alex Mondini, who slotted a low shot home to score her second goal of the season
- Providence proceeded to win six corners over the next five minutes, but it took until the sixth for the Friars to capitalize, taking a 3-1 lead. More corners arrived, but Ohmen made three more saves. The Friars scored with less than a minute left, though, to take a three-goal lead to the fourth
- The hosts’ last tally came in the final two minutes, and against freshman Abbie Ortyl who replaced Ohmen late in the game
Notes and Figures
- Ohmen moved into fourth all-time in Merrimack’s single-season saves record, increasing her NEC-leading total to 162 on the year. She needs 35 saves over her final three games to set a new single season record
- In her career, Ohmen sits on 481 saves and is close to becoming the third goalie ever at Merrimack to reach 500 career saves
- Mondini became the third Warrior with at least two goals this season, while Judd increased her team lead in assists to four
Merrimack celebrates Senior Day this Saturday when the Warriors face Fairfield University at 2 p.m. in a game hosted at the University of New Hampshire. The Warriors will honor Ohmen, Judd, Mondini, Nolte, Jessica Palmer, Alexis Miedico and Colleen Slattery before the game.