WALTHAM, Mass. – The No. 18 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse program rallied from three goals down at the half to tie it and held a one-goal lead with about 11 minutes left, but host Bentley charged back with the final three goals of the contest to lift the 21st-ranked Falcons over the Warriors in a pivotal Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Tuesday afternoon.
Sophomore Haley Bartlett shared the game lead in scoring with senior Amber Feminella, as both finished with four points. The former did so on the strength of a game-high four goals, while the latter had a hat trick and one assist.
The Warriors, who were tied for third heading into the day in a crowded NE10 lead board, will be within a game of at least four teams for the final two home conference tournament playoff spots with just two games left in the regular season. Merrimack is back in action next Wednesday at home against Franklin Pierce.
Score: Bentley 12, Merrimack 10
Records: #18 Merrimack (7-7, 7-4 NE10) | #21 Bentley (9-3, 7-3 NE10)
Location: Bentley Field | Waltham, Mass.
How It Happened
- Bentley started hot with four goals in the game’s first five-plus minutes to build an early lead. Bartlett got the visitors on the board a minute later, but Bentley added two more to open a 6-1 lead before the game was 10 minutes old.
- Bartlett kept the Warriors in it with back-to-back goals, including one off a feed from junior Ally DaCosta, and senior Bridget Schofield made it a two-goal contest with just over seven minutes left in the half before Bentley responded with two straight of its own. But sophomore Catherine Mahanna had the last goal by either side, bringing the Warriors to within three (8-5) heading into the break.
- Merrimack began its charge with Feminella’s first of the afternoon at the 6:07 mark of the second half and was followed by Bartlett burying a feed from sophomore Vicki Palmer. It was Bartlett finding the back of the net again to draw the Warriors even at 8-8 before Bentley went back on top, but that was answered by sophomore Taylor Darrell’s first of the afternoon set up by Feminella, making it 9-9 with just under 16 minutes left.
- Feminella restored the Warriors’ lead roughly a minute after Darrell’s marker, but Bentley countered with the tying goal at 10:57 and went ahead with 8:47 left. The hosts would add one more with under four to play and didn’t allow another one the rest of the way to hold off the Warriors comeback bid.
Notes & Numbers
- Bartlett and Feminella combined for seven of Merrimack’s 10 goals and eight of their 15 points on Tuesday.
- Both sophomore Meghan Dzialo and senior Erin Blomberg caused two turnovers.
- Four different Warriors finished with two ground balls, while senior Lauren Trepaney totaled 11 saves.
- Merrimack saw its all-time record against Bentley dip to 11-15.
- Shots: 23-29 (18-23 SOG)
- FPG: 1-4 // 0-6
- Draw Controls: 12-12 Ground Balls: 15-24
- Turnovers: 18-17 (10-9 CT) // Clears: 17-23 // 21-22
Merrimack is off until next Wednesday (April 24), when it plays its final home game of the regular season against Franklin Pierce. Game time at Duane Stadium is set for 7 p.m.