Merrimack Women’s Lacrosse Tops AIC, Hopes To Secure Playoff Spot

Merrimack College women’s lacrosse vs. Southern Connecticut at Martone-Mejail Field in N. Andover, MA on March 18, 2017. Photo: Mike Gridley

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After nearly squandering a five-goal first-half lead, the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team used a 5-1 scoring run midway through the second half to pull away from visiting American International College in a 14-10 Northeast-10 Conference night victory over the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday night at Martone-Mejail Field.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 14
, American Int’l 10
Records: Merrimack (4-10, 2-8 NE10) | American Int’l (1-11, 0-10 NE10)
Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

2017 NE10 Playoff Picture
Top-eight teams qualify for postseason; conference records shown
1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5 first round matchups; semifinals & finals at top remaining seed

  1. Le Moyne (10-0)
  2. Adlephi (9-1)
  3. New Haven (8-2)
  4. Pace (8-2)
  5. Stonehill (7-3)
  6. Franklin Pierce (5-5)
  7. Assumption (5-5)
  8. Bentley (5-5)
  9. So. New Hampshire (4-6)
  10. Saint Anselm (4-6)
  11. Merrimack (2-8) H2H vs. AIC, SMC
  12. Saint Michael’s (1-8)
  13. So. Connecticut (1-9)
  14. American Int’l (0-10)

Rapid Recap

  • After each team traded a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the contest, Merrimack ripped off five straight markers to grab a 7-2 advantage with 12:21 left in the first half.
  • AIC, however, would get back in the game with four consecutive tallies to close out the period, including three in the final five minutes, to make it a 7-6 game at the break.
  • The visitors would complete the comeback by evening the affair just past the three-minute mark of the second half, but the Warriors would then score five of the game’s next six goals to take a four-goal lead (12-8).
  • AIC would twice get to within three in the game’s waning moments, but that was the closest the Yellow Jackets would get the rest of the way as Merrimack held on to snap a seven-game skid.

Highlights and Notables

  • Senior Hunter McCarthy (Avon, Conn.) led all Warriors with four goals and five total points, registering her fourth hat trick of the season and 14th of her career in the process.
  • Sophomore Bridget Schofield (Littleton, Mass.) also had a hat trick – her fifth of the season – with an even three-goal performance while also gathering a game-high four draw controls.
  • Freshman Ally Da Costa (New Bedford, Mass.) had the Warriors’ lone remaining multi-goal game with two goals, while classmate Olivia Colletti (Massapequa, N.Y.) tied Schofield with a three-point outing (2g, 1a).
  • Sophomore Amber Feminella (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) also had a multi-point game (1g, 1a), while both freshman Kyra Schwartzman (Kennebunk, Maine) and junior Annette Ruggiero (Peabody, Mass.) also had a goal apiece. Ruggiero, in particular, had a fine outing by tying her career-highs in both ground balls (3) and caused turnovers (3).
  • Sophomore Lauren Trepaney (Amherst, N.H.) recorded 13 saves for her fifth double-digit saves outing of the season and was five stops away from her career-high of 18.

Team Leaders (MC // AIC)

  • Points: McCarthy (5) // Stefanie Dufresne/Riley Brennan (4)
  • Goals: McCarthy (4) // HallDufresne (4)
  • Assists: Three players (1) // Jessica Lawler (2)
  • Draw Controls: Schofield (4) // Dufresne (3)
  • Ground Balls: Trepaney (4) // Dufresne (4)
  • Caused Turnovers: Ruggiero (3) // Kelsey Daniels (3)
  • Saves: Trepaney (13) // Alexis Torosian (8)

Team Comparisons (MC // AIC)

  • Shots (Total/SOG): 27/22 // 30/23
  • Draw Controls: 13 // 13
  • Ground Balls: 17 // 214
  • Clears: 19-25 // 14-17
  • Turnovers: 16 // 16

Up Next
Merrimack will heads back on the road to take on Bentley University this Saturday (April 22). Game time is set for 1 p.m.

About Mike McMahon 6236 Articles
Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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