NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 18 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team built a six-goal lead at the half and ran away with it in the second half, improving to 5-1 in Northeast-10 Conference play after a 15-5 over Stonehill College on Saturday at Duane Stadium.
Junior Ally DaCosta tied her career-high with an eight-point afternoon, scoring four while assisting on four others. Right behind her was senior Amber Feminella, who scored as many goals as Stonehill did all afternoon by netting five goals while finishing with six points total. But despite the offensive fireworks, perhaps the most impressive performance came from senior goalkeeper Lauren Trepaney, who stopped nearly 75 percent of the shots she saw after finishing with 13 saves.
Score: Merrimack 15, Stonehill 5
Records: #18 Merrimack (5-4, 5-1 NE10) | Stonehill (5-4, 2-3 NE10)
Location: Duane Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- It was all Merrimack out of the gate, as the Warriors built a 6-0 lead through the first 16 minutes of the contest. Feminella had three of them and recorded a hat trick at the 14:12 mark, while Bartlett, sophomore Haley Bartlett and junior Cailin Bahret joined her on the scoresheet.
- Stonehill went on a mini-run after scoring three goals in a seven-minute span to get back within four (7-3), but Bartlett and DaCosta gave the hosts a six-goal lead at the break after finding the twine in a 90-second span to make it a 9-3 Warrior lead at the halfway point.
- The Warriors rumbled out of the gate to start the second half, scoring six uninterrupted tallies to take a game-high 12-goal lead (15-3). DaCosta (3) and Feminella (2) combined for five of those goals, while sophomore Vicki Palmer recorded a free position marker for her first of the afternoon.
- Stonehill scored the final two goals of the game, but the lead was never fewer than 10 goals the rest of the way for the Warriors, who won their fifth league game in six tries.
Notes & Numbers
- DaCosta tied her single-game scoring high with eight points while establishing a new personal best with four goals; the only other game that saw her score eight goals was against Queens last April. It was her most productive game offensively this season.
- Feminella recorded her second straight six-point afternoon (5g, 1a); her only game with more points was the 10-6 win over Pace earlier in March. She also led all Warriors with eight draw controls (one shy of her career high), while freshman Olivia Valdes added four herself.
- Trepaney stopped just over 72 percent of the shots she saw all day, finishing with 13 saves while allowing just five goals.
- Sophomore Catherine Mahanna added three ground balls and two draw controls and was one of five players to cause two turnovers for the hosts, who totaled a season-high 16 disruptions for the entire game.
- After going 29 games over nearly two decades without a win over Stonehill, Merrimack now has back-to-back victories over the Skyhawks in the all-time series.
- Shots: 35-25 (30-18 SOG)
- FPG: 4-10 // 2-5
- Draw Controls: 16-6 Ground Balls: 15-18
- Turnovers: 15-20 (16-9 CT) // Clears: 19-21 // 18-25
Merrimack concludes its three-game homestand when it takes on AIC next Tuesday (April 2) at 7 p.m.