NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 18 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team won its third straight game in commanding fashion, matching its single-game season-high with 18 goals of offense while holding visiting American International to just four goals on the other end to propel the Warriors over the Yellow Jackets by an 18-4 score on Tuesday at Duane Stadium.
Two different players had hat tricks and six different Warriors had multi-goal efforts led by junior Ally DaCosta, who had six points on three goals and three assists. Senior Amber Feminella was equally impressive with 16 shot attempts, five points (3g, 2a) and six draw controls. And in net, reigning Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Week Lauren Trepaneyturned in a nine-save effort to highlight another end-to-end victory for the Warriors, who next set their sights on No. 3 Adelphi on Saturday.
Score: Merrimack 18, American Int’l 4
Records: #18 Merrimack (6-4, 6-1 NE10) | American Int’l (3-8, 1-6 NE10)
Location: Duane Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- Merrimack stormed in front with three straight before the game was two minutes old, as Feminella and fellow senior Bridget Schofield joined sophomore Taylor Darrell on the scoresheet to build a 3-0 lead.
- The Yellow Jackets got just past the three-minute mark before DaCosta answered 30 seconds later. But AIC got within two at 21:54 on the second straight goal by Mikayla Demanche.
- That spurred a string of nearly 12 minutes without a goal as both goalkeepers took control of the contest with a few strong stops on either end. But Darrell ended the scoring drought at 10:49, followed by two tallies in a 15-second span by DaCosta and junior Gretchen Krall to push the Warriors in front by five, and that 7-2 advantage went unchanged heading into halftime.
- The Warriors took control with six straight goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half, building a game-high 11-goal lead (13-2) at the 18:25 mark.
- AIC finally got on the board with 16:29 left in the second half, but that was answered by three straight strikes from the home side, including the first two goals of the game by junior Cailin Bahret. The Yellow Jackets would get one last goal before the Warriors wrapped things up with the last two markers of the evening, including the first career goal from freshman Sophia Cotone, as well as sophomore Catherine Mahanna’s second of the game to round things up.
Notes & Numbers
- In addition to DaCosta and Feminella’s hat tricks, Mahanna, sophomore Vicki Palmer, Darrell and Bahret all had two-goal evenings.
- Feminella’s 16 shot attempts and 11 shots on goal both were single-game highs for any player in a Merrimack uniform this year, while the 30 points altogether from the team set a new single-game high water mark.
- Bahret and Krall led all Warriors with three ground balls, while five different Merrimack players caused a turnover.
- Trepaney stopped 9-of-13 on the evening for just under a 70-percent save percentage on the evening.
- Merrimack has now won 18-of-21 games against AIC all-time; the only blip on the radar was a three-year run by the Yellow Jackets from 2014-2016, but the Warriors have bounced back with three straight wins in the series, including back-to-back 10-goal victories.
- Shots: 48-19 (33-13 SOG)
- FPG: 2-11 // 0-1
- Draw Controls: 16-8 Ground Balls: 16-11
- Turnovers: 7-14 (5-6 CT) // Clears: 14-16 // 10-16
Merrimack will head to No. 3 Adelphi this Saturday for an NE10 matchup against the perennial national contenders at 1 p.m.