NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Junior Ally DaCosta set a new single-game scoring record and was one of six different Warriors to score at least once, as the No. 21 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse program closed its home slate in the regular season with a resounding victory over Franklin Pierce in a Wednesday night Northeast-10 Conference matchup at Duane Stadium.
DaCosta’s performance came nearly a year after she set the program’s single-game scoring record, as she moved to within three assists for 100 all-time. The Warriors, meanwhile, pick up a much-needed victory in a crowded race for the fourth and final home playoff spot in next week’s league tournament. The regular season concludes Saturday at Assumption.
Score: Merrimack 16, Franklin Pierce 3
Records: #21 Merrimack (8-7, 8-4 NE10) | Franklin Pierce (6-9, 3-9 NE10)
Location: Duane Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- Merrimack scored the game’s first 11 goals on the way to a 14-goal first half to open up a 12-goal lead at the midway point.
- DaCosta was the spotlight of the opening 30 minutes after she finished with a program-record 12 points on three goals and nine assists, topping her old single-game assists record in the progress while topping a 13-year school record for points in a single game.
- Senior Amber Feminella and sophomore Haley Bartlett also had four goals in the opening 30 minutes alone and had five points in total, while sophomore Taylor Darrell had a pair of goals in the first half.
- Sophomore Lulu Sweeney joined freshman Olivia Valdes on the scoresheet in the second half, while senior Lauren Trepaney would finish with seven saves on nine shots before giving way to junior Tammy Nguyen to close out the contest.
Notes & Numbers
- DaCosta’s 12 points topped a pair of 11-point performance that had previously occurred in program history (Alison Colarusso vs. New Haven, 4/22/06 and Mia Basile vs. Saint Anselm, 4/30/07).
- Feminella and Bartlett, meanwhile, finished with five points – all in the first half – on four goals and an assist. Darrell also ended the game with two goals and added an assist, while three different Warriors added another goal.
- Sophomore Meghan Dzialo – who also had a goal – finished with a game-high three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Feminella (8) and freshman Olivia Valdes (5) combined for 13 of Merrimack’s 15 draw controls, with the latter also adding a goal.
- Trepaney finished with seven saves, while Nguyen stopped two of the three shots she faced in the final 15 minutes of the game.
- Merrimack’s 13-goal margin of victory was among its best marks this season behind only the 14-goal win over AIC on April 2.
- Merrimack saw its all-time record against Franklin Pierce improve to 15-5.
- Shots: 23-29 (18-23 SOG)
- FPG: 3-7 // 1-5
- Draw Controls: 15-5 Ground Balls: 14-9
- Turnovers: 12-11 (4-4 CT) // Clears: 13-15 // 13-15
Merrimack closes the regular season on the road against No. 18 Assumption College this Saturday, with game time set for 2 p.m.