MANCHESTER, N.H. – Powered by three first-half markers – two of them off the stick of juniorChristine Zubkus (Dover, N.H.) – the fifth-ranked Merrimack College field hockey made its early lead stand in a gritty, 4-2 road victory against Saint Anselm College on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.
Score: #5 Merrimack 4, Saint Anselm 2
Records: #5 Merrimack (1-1) | Saint Anselm (2-1)
Location: Grappone Stadium | Manchester, N.H.
What They Said
Head Coach Anne Rounce: “It was great to get the first win under our belts. I saw a lot of positive things to buil doff of. We definitely need to work hard to prepare for a tough Franklin Pierce team on Tuesday.”
How It Happened
After failing to find the back of the cage against Stonehill last Friday night, Zubkus needed only a bit more than three minutes to give Merrimack its first goal of 2014 after coming away with a bouncing ball low in the circle and pushing it past Hawks netminder Katherine Sears for the opening salvo.
Seven minutes later, Zubkus registered her second tally of the contest on a penalty corner chance, smacking in a feed from classmate Katrina Squeri (Chelmsford, Mass.) to make it a 2-0 edge for the visitors.
Later in the period, sophomore Hannah Magerman (Franklin, Mass.) broke through on a bomb from the top-left of the circle off a penalty corner, with both Zubkus and sophomore Kaitlin McCauley (Newburyport, Mass.) earning assists on the lead-up to the goal at 25:22.
Less than a minute later, Saint Anselm drew to within two, as Allia Connolly intercepted a clearing attempt and scored to send the Warriors into the locker room ahead, 3-1, at the end of 35 minutes.
Just over five minutes into the second half, the Hawks lit the lamp yet again to make it interesting, as Colleen Sears deflected in a slap shot to bring the hosts to within one (3-2), but Merrimack’s defense held tight the rest of the way before freshman Kylee Duteau (Gardner, Mass.) registered her first collegiate marker on a penalty corner with under seven minutes left to account for the final margin of victory.
Inside The Numbers
- Zubkus’ five points led all players, while Magerman (1g, 1a) finished with three points herself
- Six different Warriors recorded a point on Saturday, with assists coming from Zubkus, Squeri, Magerman, McCauley and junior Sydney Bowker (Schenectady, N.Y.)
- Junior Madison Davis (San Jose, Calif.) turned away six shots for the second game in a row and benefitted from three defensive saves from her backline, with one apiece coming from senior Abbey Stacey (Sidney, Maine) and sophomores Sarah Sparks(Falmouth, Maine) and Elizabeth Egan (South Dennis, Mass.)
- In the shot chart and scoring chance department, Saint Anselm held 17-6 and 11-4 edges, respectively, in total shot attempts and shots on goal in the game
- The Hawks also owned a 13-10 lead in penalty corners, but Merrimack was the more opportunistic of the two teams Saturday
Merrimack opens the home portion of its schedule on Tuesday (Sept. 16) afternoon, as the Warriors welcome Franklin Pierce to Martone-Mejail Field for a 4:30 p.m. league showdown.