After a pair of setbacks to begin their first season at the Division I level, the Warriors ventured on a lengthy road trip to central New York for a weekend battle against Canisius. The blistering cold mid-February New York weather was too much for the Warriors and Golden Griffins, so their Sunday matinee moved indoors to Pinnacle Athletic Campus in the Rochester suburb of Victor, some 75 miles east of the opponent’s Buffalo campus.
The Warriors did not get off to the start they were looking for after the opening whistle. The hosts struck twice in the first five minutes, but then Merrimack showed strong resiliency and traded tallies with the Griffs until midway through the opening 30 minutes. Ally DaCosta, Catherine Mahanna and Sophie Scearbo all scored in the half’s first 14 minutes to keep Merrimack in range, then Taylor Darrell took over.
Catherine Mahanna was one of four Warriors to find the back of the net in the first half to keep the game close.
Darrell scored with 12:30 left in the opening 30 minutes to tie the score at four, but she wasn’t quite done. Just four minutes later, she earned a free position and made no mistake to give Merrimack its first lead of the afternoon.
Canisius tied the game at five with 5:03 to play in the half to set up a memorable final half hour of lacrosse with both teams on the hunt for their first victory of the campaign.