NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 18 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse program was firing on all cylinders on Saturday, as the Warriors overwhelmed Southern Connecticut, 18-6, to secure their first victory of the season in both teams’ Northeast-10 Conference opener.
A dominant first half saw Merrimack outscore the visitors by nine goals (11-2) before tacking on seven more for their best offensive output of the young season. Senior Amber Feminella led all players with seven points – one shy of her career-high – on the strength of six goals, while classmate Lauren Trepaney turned away 9-of-15 shots for her first win of the year between the pipes.
Score: Merrimack 18, Southern CT 6
Records: #18 Merrimack (1-3, 1-0 NE10) | Southern CT (0-4, 0-1 NE10)
Location: Duane Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- Merrimack came out firing, scoring three straight goals to help set the tone in what was a dominant first half that saw the Warriors outscore the Owls by a 9-2 margin.
- Feminella was responsible for four of those first-half tallies, while sophomore Haley Bartlett had a hat trick in the opening 30 minutes, as well.
- The half ended with a highlight-reel sequence from senior captain Erin Blomberg, who took an outlet pass from Trepaney on the back end and went the distance before notching her first marker of the year with a pretty individual effort to round out the scoring in the opening stanza.
- The Warriors started the second half the way they ended the first, scoring three straight off the sticks of junior Olivia Colletti and sophomore Ally DaCosta to build a game-high 12-goal lead.
- SCSU countered with its only scoring run of the afternoon, as the Owls netted four uninterrupted tallies over an eight-minute span to get within eight (14-6).
- That, however, was the closest they would get, as Merrimack countered with a four-goal run of its own to close out the match. Feminella potted the first two to round out her incredible afternoon on the offensive end, while Bartlett and junior Cailin Bahret added the final two goals of the day.
Notes & Numbers
- Feminella led the way with a season-high seven points, finishing with six goals and an assist. Even more impressively, the senior scored on six of her 11 shot attempts and put 10 of those 11 attempts on net.
- Bartlett tied her season-high with five points on a season-best four goals and a helper, scoring on four of the seven shot attempts she had. DaCosta (2g, 2a) and senior Bridget Schofield also had multiple goals and were among eight different Warriors who scored at least once. Schofield also led the Warriors with three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
- Trepaney picked up her first win of the year by stopping nine out of the 15 shots she faced for a 60-percent save percentage on the afternoon.
- Shots: 38-20 (28-15 SOG)
- FPG: 2-6 // 2-8
- Draw Controls: 8-17 Ground Balls: 20-17
- Turnovers: 14-22 (7-5 CT) // Clears: 20-21 // 12-17
Merrimack will break for a week before returning home to host No. 14 Pace next Saturday (March 16) at 1 p.m. back at Duane Stadium.