GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Trailing by six goals with just under seven minutes left, the No. 18 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team rallied with three quick tallies to make it a three-goal affair before host Adelphi, the third-ranked team in the country, held off the late charge in an eventual 15-10 victory for the Panthers over the Warriors on Saturday at Motamed Field.
Sophomore Haley Bartlett, after being held off the scoreboard for the first 50-plus minutes of the game, played a major role in that comeback attempt after scoring all of the Warriors’ final four goals in that wild six-minute span.
Score: Adelphi 15, Merrimack 10
Records: #18 Merrimack (6-5, 6-2 NE10) | #3 Adelphi (10-1, 7-0 NE10)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.
How It Happened
- Adelphi found the found the back of the net just over a minute into the game before both sides settled in defensively over the ensuing 10 minutes. The hosts, however, would grow their lead after two quick strikes to make it 3-0 with 17:17 left in the half.
- The Warriors mounted their charge first from a goal by sophomore Meghan Dzialo, who was playing her first game of the season and netted her first tally off a free position opportunity. That was followed by a man-down marker by sophomore Taylor Darrell, and finally senior Amber Feminellaleveled the contest at 3-3 off a feed from classmate Bridget Schofield to make it a brand new game.
- The Panthers would counter with two quick goals of their own, and the score went unchanged over the final 10 minutes of the half, as the Warriors found themselves within two (5-3) at the midway point of the game.
- Adelphi doubled its first-half scoring total with a strong start to the second half, ripping off five uninterrupted markers in a seven-minute stretch to build its largest lead of the afternoon (10-3) with just over 10 minutes gone.
- The Warriors got back into the game with back-to-back goals and a 3-1 scoring run overall in the next 10 minutes, with Feminella and sophomores Vicki Palmer and Catherine Mahanna doing the damage for the visitors.
- Adelphi went back up by six with 9:03 on the clock before Bartlett’s first of the afternoon about 30 seconds later. But Adelphi went back up by six at the 6:55 mark and still were ahead as the clock ticked under five minutes before the Warriors mounted their charge.
- Bartlett first took a Schofield feed with 4:16 remaining before burying a pass from junior Ally DaCosta with 3:17 left. Feminella would then set up Bartlett again at the 2:32 mark, and suddenly a six-goal deficit was just three (13-10).
- Ultimately, the Panthers would add two last strikes to close out the match and deny the upset bid.
Notes & Numbers
- Bartlett finished the day leading Merrimack in scoring after her four-goal output. Feminella was the only other Warrior with multiple goals, while Schofield’s two assists led the team, as well.
- Junior Danielle Schwietzer led Merrimack with three caused turnovers – one off her career-high – while Feminella and Dzialo each had three draw controls to lead the team in that category.
- Merrimack’s 26 turnovers were the most in a single game this year, although they did cause 14 of Adelphi’s 19 giveaways.
- Adelphi improved to 19-1 all-time against Merrimack with the win.
- Shots: 20-32 15-26 SOG)
- FPG: 4-7 // 0-4
- Draw Controls: 15-12 Ground Balls: 14-25
- Turnovers: 26-19 (14-18 CT) // Clears: 19-25 // 22-24
Merrimack stays on the road to take on Saint Anselm next Wednesday (April 10) at 4 p.m.