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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team rallied with a late goal to send the game to overtime before ultimately falling, 10-9, against Southern Connecticut State in both sides’ Northeast-10 Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at Jess Dow Field.
Score: So. Connecticut 10, Merrimack 9 (F/OT)
Records: Merrimack (1-2, 0-1 NE-10) | So. Connecticut (1-0, 1-0 NE-10)
Location: Jess Dow Field | New Haven, Conn.
How It Happened
Playing its first conference game of the season, while Southern Connecticut was playing for the first time overall, Merrimack hit the road for the second straight weekend looking to avenge a one-goal loss from last a year ago against the Owls.
Both sides went goal-for-goal over the course of the first half. Freshman Amber Feminella (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) netted the Warriors’ first two tallies of the afternoon before senior Danielle Riley (West Point, N.Y.) found the back of the net for the first time this spring followed by a strike from junior Hunter McCarthy (Avon, Conn.), as the Warriors went ahead, 4-2, midway through the opening half.
But the back-and-forth affair continued over the next 15 minutes, as Southern answered every Merrimack score. Feminella, Riley and McCarthy each added one more goal apiece to send the Warriors into the break with a 7-6 advantage.
Feminella would open the scoring in the second half with a goal just under the three-minute mark to record her third straight hat trick. The Owls, however, would answer with a three-goal run to take their first lead of the game (9-8) with 11:55 to play.
Feminella and McCarthy would send the game to overtime connect 2:39 left in regulation, with the latter setting up the equalizer for the former’s career-high fourth marker of the day.
But the Owls would ultimately get the winner with 43 seconds left in the sudden-victory overtime period, as a free position tally by Nicole Healey gave the hosts the victory.
Notes and Numbers
- Feminella continued her torrid start to her collegiate career with five more goals to push her team-leading season total to 11; she also recorded her first collegiate assist on Saturday
- In addition to her two scores, McCarthy had plenty of say on offense thanks to her team-leading three assists
- Riley finished with a career-high four points on the aforementioned two goals and two additional helpers, as well, and on the defensive front shared the team lead with two caused turnovers
- In net, sophomore Alexa Petzold (Ridgewood, N.J.) and freshman Lauren Trepaney (Nashua, N.H.) each shared goaltending duties once again; the former turned away four shots while the latter recorded six saves and played all of overtime
- SOG: Merrimack – 17 // SCSU – 20
- Ground Balls: Merrimack – 28 // SCSU – 25
- Draw Controls: Merrimack – 6 // SCSU – 15
- Clears: Merrimack (16-for-20) // SCSU (14-for-16)
Merrimack will continue league play up in Colchester, Vermont, on Wednesday (March 16), where it will meet Saint Michael’s College for a 3:30 p.m. midweek conference matchup.