GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Junior goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen of the fourth-ranked Merrimack College field hockey program pitched her career-high setting fourth shutout of the season on Saturday afternoon, topping Adelphi University, 2-0, in the Warriors’ regular season finale at Motamed Field. Merrimack picked up its 15th win of the year, while finishing the year with 11 Northeast-10 Conference victories.
The triumph solidified the second seed in next week’s NE10 Championship for Merrimack. The Warriors will host seventh-seeded Bentley University on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Duane Stadium, and with a win are guaranteed to host the semifinal round on Friday. Given how the tiebreakers played out around the conference, Adelphi was eliminated with the loss.
Score: Merrimack 2, Adelphi 0
Records: #4 Merrimack (15-3, 11-2 NE10) | Adelphi (9-9, 7-6 NE10)
Location: North Andover, Mass. | Duane Stadium
- MC (1-0) – After Merrimack’s first seven shots of the game went awry, the Warriors finally scored with less than 10 minutes to play in the opening half. Freshman Juliane Ohmen delivered a long pass across the zone, and sophomore Colleen Ellis connected on a deflection to put the visitors ahead
- MC (2-0) – An early penalty corner provided Merrimack with insurance in the second half. Junior Alex Mondini inserted the corner, which made its way to senior Mary McNeil. The senior scoring leader made a return feed to Mondini who doubled Merrimack’s advantage
- Katharina Ohmen’s eight-save effort marked the second most she’s had over her four shutouts. The junior starter has averaged nearly nine assists per game since returning to the lineup on Halloween.
- Ellis moved into sole possession of third place on the team with her eighth goal of the season, while she is tied for third on the team in points with 17
- Mondini scored for the first time in her last seven games, increasing her point total to seven on the year
- In the assist department, Juliane Ohmen sits in a tie for fourth on the team after her fourth helper of her debut campaign. McNeil increased her team lead in assists to 13, which ranks second in the NE10
Notes and Notables
- Merrimack set a program record on Saturday with its 11th NE10 victory, eclipsing the 10 conference wins the 2011 squad posted
- The 2018 campaign will go down as the fourth season ever in school history with at least 15 victories. All four occurrences have happened since 2011
- McNeil brought her career point total to 121, sitting in second place all time in school history
- Katharina Ohmen finished the regular season as the NE10’s leader in save percentage (.804)
The No. 2 seed Warriors host the NE10 Quarterfinals on Tuesday night when Merrimack welcomes seventh-seeded Bentley to Duane Stadium. The playoff contest will begin at 7 p.m.