NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 19 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team stayed unbeaten in league play after knocking off No. 11 Pace on Saturday at Duane Stadium as part of a thorough 10-6 victory in a key Northeast-10 Conference matchup.
The Warriors limited a Setters offense that was averaging over 13 goals per game to only six altogether as part of a stellar display on the defensive third of the turf, while four different players recorded two or more goals on the other end to stake the home side to its second straight victory over one of the region’s top teams.
Score: Merrimack 10, Pace 6
Records: #19 Merrimack (2-3, 2-0 NE10) | #11 Pace (2-2, 0-1 NE10)
Location: Duane Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- Each team traded goals in the opening three minutes, with sophomore Taylor Darrell netting her fifth of the season before Pace answered shortly thereafter.
- It was Darrel who scored next at the 24:55 mark, followed by two tallies in a 40-second span from senior Amber Feminella and junior Gretchen Krall to build Merrimack’s largest lead of the day (4-1).
- Pace got back within two before sophomore Haley Bartlett picked up her ninth with 18:15 left in the half. Both teams then locked it down defensively, as the game went 14 minutes without either side finding the twine. Pace would end that drought with 4:14 left to get within two (5-3), but Feminella gave the Warriors a three-goal lead entering the break after registering her second of the game with 20 seconds left in the half.
- Bartlett’s second of the afternoon came with exactly three minutes gone in the second half to up Merrimack’s lead to four goals – its largest of the afternoon up until that point. But the Setters found the back of the net twice in a three-minute span to get back within two with 20 minutes to play.
- Senior Bridget Schofield would net her first of the game at the 17:52 mark but was answered by another Pace goal with just over 13 minutes remaining, keeping the visitors within striking distance (8-6).
- But the senior captain did the rest of the scoring herself to close out the contest, finding the twine twice in a 90-second span to restore Merrimack’s previous game-high four-goal lead while also recording her first hat trick of the season.
- Leading by four, the Warrior defense took over from there on out, forcing four turnovers while leaning on senior goalkeeper Lauren Trepaney for a pair of saves down the stretch to preserve the lead and secure a huge victory both in the conference and regional ledger.
Notes & Numbers
- Schofield and Darrell each finished with a game-high three points, with the former recording the only hat trick of the game by either side while adding a game-high three draw controls.
- Feminella and Bartlett each finished with two goals apiece to account for the other two of Merrimack’s four multi-goal scorers.
- Sophomore Kelsey Daly had one of her best games as a Warrior, leading all players with four ground balls and four caused turnovers.
- Trepaney was solid in net once again, making eight saves on 14 shots to post a .571 save percentage on the afternoon.
- Shots: 23-19 (15-14 SOG)
- FPG: 3-8 // 2-9
- Draw Controls: 11-7 Ground Balls: 20-16
- Turnovers: 23-19 (12-13 CT) // Clears: 15-20 // 17-19
Merrimack continues league play with a Tuesday (March 19) road trip up to Southern New Hampshire. Game time is set for 7 p.m.