MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) became the fourth student-athlete in Merrimack College field hockey history to reach 100 career points on Friday afternoon, dominating the visiting Saint Michael’s Purple Knights to the tune of seven points on three goals and one assist as the Navy and Gold triumphed, 4-1, in a Northeast-10 Conference battle from Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: Merrimack 4, Saint Michael’s 1
Records: Merrimack (7-3, 3-2 NE10) | Saint Michael’s (4-5, 1-3 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
Head coach Megan Shea: “The team played great today! We are really starting to come together, and put balls in the net. I think we’ve reached a turning point in our season, everyone is on board and on the same page after a great couple of weeks. I’m also very proud of Taylor for reaching the 100-point mark, which is a very big deal at the collegiate level. Taylor has worked very hard and everyone is thrilled about her accomplishment!”
- Merrimack and Simpson got off to a fast start, with the team’s second-leading scorer dribbling into space and firing a shot across the attacking zone that deflected off a Purple Knights’ stick and into the net to open the scoring in the sixth minute
- Sophomore Katharina Ohmen (Bremen, Germany) made three of her game-high nine saves in the 14th minute, but the Saint Michael’s pressure resulted in a penalty corner that led to the equalizer at the 15:11 mark
- Merrimack answered five minutes later with Simpson slamming a pass towards the crease, where classmate Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.)was waiting to bury a deflection that proved to be the game-winner
- Simpson began the second half sitting on 98 career points, and scored in the first two minutes to reach the milestone. Junior Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) received a penalty corner, and dished to Simpson who powered her second goal home in the game’s 36th minute
- The hat trick came in the 60th minute, scoring directly off a penalty corner with junior Delaney Yule (Southbury, Conn.) inserting directly to the York native, who then delivered her third goal of the day
Team Leaders (MC // FPU)
- Goals: Taylor Simpson (3) // Arianna Boscia (1)
- Assists: Three Tied (1) // Shelagh Fluharty (1)
- Points: Simpson (7) // Boscia (2)
- Saves: Katharina Ohmen (9) // Anna Hurley (2)
Notes and Notables
- Simpson ended the day with 102 career points, sitting on 95 through nine games of the regular season to being the day. She joins April Daugherty ’12 (159), Candace Waldie ’13 (119) and Jen Otis ’12 (113) as members of the 100-point club, ranking fourth in school history
- She also joined the three aforementioned alumni by passing the 40-goal mark. With seven goals on the year, Simpson now has 41 for her career. She trails Otis and Waldie by six goals for second all-time
- One more note: Simpson’s hat trick marked the second of her career, while she tied her career best with seven points
- Hammond became the first Warrior this season to reach double digits in goals, leading the team with 10 tallies. The starting forward now has three straights seasons with at least 10 strikes, bringing her career total to 40.
- With 21 points on the year, Hammond is also knocking the door of the 100-point club, needing six more to join the exclusive group
Merrimack travels to No. 4 Saint Anselm on Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. tilt from Manchester, N.H. in a rematch of last year’s NE10 Semifinal.