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Field Hockey: Adelphi Down Warriors, 5-1

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y.  – Junior goalkeeper Gina Rosinski (Derry, N.H.) matched her season-high with a seven-save performance, but host Adelphi used a three-goal output in the second half to claim a 5-1 victory over the No. 5 Merrimack College field hockey team on Saturday afternoon at Motamed Field.

The Basics

Score: Adelphi 5, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (2-2) | Adelphi (2-1)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.

How It Happened

With the game tied at 1-1 less than 10 minutes into the contest, Adelphi’s Molly Cuevas tallied the game-winner at 10:02 of the first half and that was enough to down the Warriors on Saturday. Merrimack’s high-octane offense, which averaged just over three goals per game entering the day, was relatively quiet against the Panthers, mustering only four shots on goal against Adelphi goalkeeper Kelly Serrao, who turned aside three shots in a winning effort.

Senior Candace Waldie (North Andover, Mass.) notched her third goal of the season to account for the only offensive output of the game for the Warriors, while host Adelphi built on a 2-1 lead in the second half, scoring twice in the opening five minutes to build a 4-2 lead before Lena Pollich added a late insurance tally in the 54thminute to settle for the final margin of victory.

Rosinski matched her previous season- and career-high with seven stops on Saturday, whileWaldie mustered all four of the Warriors’ shotson target.

What They Said

Head Coach Anne Rounce: “We did not come out to play today, and we could not afford to play that poorly against a team in Adelphi that was prepared and wanted it more than we did. Our practices leading into the game were not sharp enough and that reflected in the result today. We’ll have to regroup quickly to prepare for Stonehill this week.”

A Closer Look

  • Adelphi held a commanding lead in shot attempts, 18-6, on Saturday
  • The Panthers’ lead in shots on target was even more staggering at 12-4
  • Waldie, who boasted all four of Merrimack’s shotson target, also accounted for five of Merrimack’s six shot attempts
  • Only sophomore Katrina Squeri (Chelmsford, Mass.) mustered another shot attempt for the Warriors
  • Both Cuevas and Pollich led Adelphi with two goals; Kristen Bagley tallied the first strike of the game to account for the only other goal for the Panthers
  • Five different Adelphi players recorded a point in Saturday’s contest
  • Adelphi held an 8-5 lead in penalty corners on Saturday

Up Next

Merrimack will look to regroup this Tuesday, Sept. 17, when it welcomes Stonehill to town for a non-conference, nighttime battle under the lights at Martone-Mejail Field. First whistle is set for 7 p.m.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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