MANCHESTER, N.H. – After a back-and-forth first half that saw the visitors hold just a one-goal edge at the midpoint, the No. 16 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse program dominated the final 30 minutes with 12 tallies to lead the Warriors to their third straight victory (18-7) against Southern New Hampshire on Tuesday night at Penmen Stadium.
Merrimack had a 4-1 lead at the 11-minute mark of the contest, but the hosts clawed back to tie it at 5-all before junior Olivia Colletti netted the last goal of the half to give Merrimack a lead it would never relinquish.
The visitors would net the next 11 goals over the first 20 minutes of the second half to turn a one-goal edge into an 11-score advantage, and that margin would stand as the final to even the Warriors’ overall record at 3-3 while staying unbeaten in conference play (3-0).
Score: Merrimack 18, Southern NH 7
Records: #19 Merrimack (3-3, 3-0 NE10) | Southern NH (2-4, 0-3 NE10)
Location: Penmen Stadium | Manchester, N.H.
How It Happened
- Three straight goals sparked the Warriors to a 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game, with sophomore Haley Bartlett netting two of them, before SNHU got on the board at the 19:12 mark.
- Senior Bridget Schofield potted her second of the evening roughly 20 seconds later to push Merrimack back up by three (4-1), but the Penmen had four of the next five goals over a 12-minute span, potting two goals each around Colletti’s first of the night, to level the ledger at 5-5 with 6:23 left in the half.
- SNHU had a chance to take a lead while going up a player on a yellow card to Schofield late in the half and missed wide on a free position; Colletti made sure that missed chance haunted the hosts, scoring a man-down marker in the waning seconds of the half to give the Warriors a 6-5 lead at the halfway mark.
- It was all Merrimack from there on out; senior Amber Feminella, Bartlett, Schofield, sophomore Vicki Palmer, Colletti and sophomore Taylor Darrell would all combine for the next 11 goals – three apiece from Schofield and Bartlett and two from Feminella during that stretch – to turn what was once a tie game into a rout. Freshman Olivia Valdes scored her first as a Warrior late in the contest to wrap up the offensive barrage.
Notes & Numbers
- Three different Warriors – Schofield (5g), Feminella (2g, 3a) and Bartlett (5g) each finished with five points while Colletti also concluded the night with a hat trick to account for Merrimack’s offensive leaders.
- Schofield led all players with five ground balls and nine shot attempts (and seven shots on goal); she finished 2-for-4 from free position range, as well.
- Feminella added to her team lead in draw controls with five more Tuesday night, while senior Teagan Mockus had two caused turnovers to lead the visitors.
- Merrimack now has 18 goals in its last two games, while the 25 ground balls as a team were the most in a game so far this season.
- Shots: 33-17 (26-12 SOG)
- FPG: 2-6 // 1-3
- Draw Controls: 14-12 Ground Balls: 25-18
- Turnovers: 18-22 (7-9 CT) // Clears: 12-16 // 8-10
Merrimack concludes its brief two-game road trip on Saturday (Mach 23) when it visits No. 17 New Haven for another NE10 matchup against a nationally ranked foe. Game time is set for 1 p.m.