NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 18 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team scored early and often while wreaking havoc on the defensive end to highlight a wire-to-wire victory over Saint Michael’s College on Wednesday at Duane Stadium. The Warriors had a seven-goal lead at the break before tacking on six more in the second half to improve to 3-1 at home this spring.
Sophomore Haley Bartlett had another impressive afternoon on the attacking end with a season-high seven points on the strength of four goals and three assists. She was one of two players with four goals, joining senior Amber Feminella, while both Bartlett and senior Bridget Schofield combined for four of Merrimack’s 10 caused turnovers.
Score: Merrimack 16, Saint Michael’s 6
Records: #18 Merrimack (4-4, 4-1 NE10) | Saint Michael’s (1-5, 0-5 NE10)
Location: Duane Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- Merrimack raced out to a four-goal lead, with two coming from Bartlett and one apiece from sophomore Vicki Palmer and junior Ally DaCosta, to build the hosts a 4-0 advantage.
- The Purple Knights got on the board at the 18:27 mark, but that was answered by three straight Warrior tallies, including another from Bartlett and the first of the game from Feminella and sophomore Taylor Darrell.
- The Warriors struck thrice more in the final five minutes of the opening half off the sticks of DaCosta, Bartlett and Schofield, as Merrimack took a 10-3 lead into the break.
- The hosts didn’t relent in the second half, netting four more in the span of five minutes – with three off the stick of Feminella herself – to take their largest lead of the game up until that point (14-3).
- Each team traded tallies from their on out, with sophomore Lulu Sweeney netting the final two Merrimack markers of the afternoon.
Notes & Numbers
- Bartlett now has five points or more in three of her last five games and upped her season scoring total to a team-high 31 on 23 goals and eight helpers.
- Feminella’s six-point afternoon was her second-best offensive contribution thus far; her only game with more points was the 10-6 win over Pace earlier in March.
- Freshman Olivia Valdes continues to shine on the draw, recording her second straight game with five draw controls to lead all players.
- Trepaney stopped seven of the 11 shots she saw in 45 minutes of action.
- The Warriors have now won their last three games against Saint Michael’s and improved to 14-11 all-time against the Purple Knights.
- Shots: 32-19 (26-14 SOG)
- FPG: 4-9 // 0-1
- Draw Controls: 15-8 Ground Balls: 12-16
- Turnovers: 17-19 (10-10 CT) // Clears: 17-19 // 14-21
Merrimack will remain at home to face Stonehill College this Saturday (March 30) on Alumni and Youth Day. Game time from Duane Stadium is 12 p.m.