RINDGE, N.H. – The No. 15 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team not only tied the single-season record for total victories, but clinched a home playoff game next week, as the Warriors topped Franklin Pierce, 21-14, on Wednesday night at Sodexo Field. Merrimack wraps up the regular season on Saturday at home as part of Senior Day.
Score: Merrimack 21, Franklin Pierce 14
Records: #15 Merrimack (12-4, 9-3 NE10) | Franklin Pierce (6-8, 4-8 NE10)
Location: Sodexo Field | Rindge, N.H.
NE10 TOURNAMENT PICTURE
Top-eight qualify for tournament; seeds 1-4 host 5-8 in quarterfinals on 5/2; highest remaining seed hosts semis & finals 5/5-6
1. Adelphi (13-0)
2. Le Moyne (11-1)
3. Pace (7-3) H2H vs. MC
4. Merrimack (9-3) H2H vs. BEN & STA
5. New Haven (8-4)
6. Bentley (7-5)
7. Saint Anselm (6-6) H2H vs. ASM
8. Assumption (6-6)
- Merrimack rolled out to a 9-0 lead just past the halfway point in the opening stanza, with rookie Haley Bartlett leading the way with a hat trick just 17:30 into the game. Franklin Pierce finally got on the board with 12:07 left in the half and netted another with under nine minutes left, but Merrimack outscored the Ravens by a 3-2 margin thanks to back-to-back tallies with the Warriors a player up to stake the visitors a 12-4 lead heading to the second half.
- Each team traded two goals apiece early in the second, but Merrimack’s lead never shrank below seven goals the rest of the way, as the Warriors assured their home playoff game in seven years with their victory on Wednesday night.
- Bartlett was Merrimack’s lead scorer with five goals, finishing one tally shy of her career-high.
- Sophomore Ally DaCosta tied Bartlett with five points, setting up four goals while netting one herself. Both senior Annette Ruggiero (3g, 1a) and rookie Meghan Dzialo (3g, 1a) had hat tricks and four points, while junior Amber Feminella was the other Warrior with a hat trick on Wednesday.
- Freshman Lulu Sweeney and sophomore Olivia Colletti had multi-goal outings, while senior Carly McKenna and junior Bridget Schofield also had goals.
- McKenna led the way with four of Merrimack’s draw controls, while freshman Kelsey Daly not only gathered a career-high five ground balls, but also was far and away Merrimack’s leader in caused turnovers with a career-best seven disruptions.
- Junior Lauren Trepaney had another double-digit save outing with 10 stops.
Notes & Numbers
- Merrimack won its 12th game on Wednesday, tying its single-season wins record for the first time in seven years when the Warriors won 12 games as part of a 12-7 record in the 2011 season.
- Feminella now has 65 goals on the year, good for first in the NE10. She ranks fifth in overall scoring with 78 points.
- Shots: 39-33 (31-24 SOG)
- FPG: (MC-FPU): 6-9 // 3-9
- Draw Controls: 14-23 // Ground Balls: 20-11
- Turnovers: 13-21 (12-3 CT) // Clears: 25-27 // 15-18
Merrimack wraps up the regular season at home on Senior Day this Saturday (April 28) against No. 25 Assumption. Game time is set for 12 p.m.