Women’s Lax: Merrimack Falls to Shippensburg on the Road

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team hung tough with Shippensburg University on Sunday afternoon at the Robb Sports Complex but they were edged out by the score of 8-6. The Warriors were within two with 3:336 to play in the contest but the Raiders were able to keep the visitors from rallying back.

The Basics

Score: Shippensburg 8, Merrimack 6
Records: Merrimack (1-2, 0-0 NE-10) | Shippensburg (2-0, 0-0 GLIAC)
Location: Robb Sport Complex | Shippensburg, Pa.

How It Happened

Sophomore Michela Salvucci (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Danielle Riley (West Point, N.Y.) led the Warriors offensively as both players finished with two points each. Salvucci recorded a career-high two goals while Riley posted one goal and an assist. Sophomore Kayla Breton (Windham, N.H.), freshman Megan Fero (East Manlius, N.Y.) and junior Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) finished off the afternoon with a goal each, respectively.

Merrimack opened the scoring less than 45 seconds into play as Breton scored her lone goal of the afternoon after a nice pass from Riley. Shortly after, back-to-back goals from Fero and Salvucci extended the Warriors’ lead to 3-0 with 11:47 remaining in the opening half.

Shippensburg attacker Courtney Kennedy ended the three goal run by the Warriors as she scored off a free position shot. With two minutes remaining in the first, Sheila Johnson brought the Raiders to within one (3-2) as she beat senior Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md.) with a quick shot. Merrimack took a 3-2 lead into halftime.

Kayla Dalzell opened up the scoring in the second for the Raiders to tie the score at 3-3 just 45 second into the half. The next six minutes were dominated by the Raiders as they scored three straight goals to take a 6-3 lead with 23:26 to play in the game.

However, Merrimack responded quickly to the Raiders scoring run as they scored the next two goals to bring the score to 6-5. Riley scored her fourth goal of the season while Palomba scored the fifth goal for the Warriors.

Shippensburg closed out the final 15 minutes of the game on a 3-1 run to defeat the Warriors by the score of 8-6. Salvucci closed out the scoring for the Warriors as she scored her second goal of the game with 3:36 to play.

The Raiders were led offensively by Sheila Johnson who finished with a team-high four goals while Kayla Dalzell finished off her impressive afternoon with two goals.

Hedden finished with seven saves between the pipes for Merrimack while Ally Frymoyer recorded only four saves in the victory for the Raiders.

Inside the Numbers

  • The game was very even in most offensive and defensive categories on Sunday afternoon as the Raiders held a slight 21-16 advantage in shots while both teams finished with 18 ground balls each.
  • The Raiders recorded 20 turnovers and won the draw control battle 12-4.
  • Senior Katie Martin (Lincoln, R.I.) and junior Olivia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.) scooped up four ground balls for the Warriors.
  • The Warriors posted 27 fouls on the afternoon and went 1-of-5 in free position attempts.

Up Next

Merrimack returns to action with Northeast-10 Conference home tilt against Assumption College this Thursday (March 13). Game is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Martone-Mejail Field.

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