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No. 7 LIU Post takes down No. 16 Merrimack

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BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – The No. 16 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought road decision at No. 7 LIU Post on Saturday by a 7-2 margin.

Sophomores Catherine Mahanna and Taylor Darrell scored in the first half to get the Warriors within two, but the Pioneers – who were an NCAA Tournament qualifier a year ago – got the last goal of the half and added two more in the second while keeping the visitors off the board the rest of the way.

The Basics
Score: LIU Post 7, Merrimack 2
Records: #16 Merrimack (0-2, 0-0 NE10) | #7 LIU Post (1-0, 0-0 ECC)
Location: Bethpage FCU Stadium | Brookville, N.Y.
Duration: 1:43
Attendance: 293

How It Happened

  • After four scoreless minutes to open the contest, the hosts buried three quick goals in a span of just over two minutes to grab a 3-0 lead.
  • Mahanna’s first of the year gave the Warriors life with 21:43 left in the opening half, burying a feed from junior Gretchen Krall to make it a two-score contest.
  • After LIU Post regained a three-goal cushion, it was Darrell, the first-year Warrior and sophomore transfer who netted her first with the navy and gold to get the visitors within a pair with 7:25 remaining in the half.
  • But the Pioneers answered less than a minute later to carry a 5-2 lead into the break.
  • In the second half, LIU Post would add two more scores in the 43rd minute and again with 6:21 to play, while the Warriors were kept in check offensively the rest of the way despite putting four shots on net.

Notes & Numbers

  • Three different Warriors caused a turnover in Saturday’s defensive battle; seniors Amber Feminella and Lauren Trepaney and junior Courtney Capobianco each had three disruptions.
  • Trepaney had another double-digit save total on Saturday, turning away 11 shots. She also led all Warriors with eight ground balls.
  • Feminella’s two draw controls were the most for the visitors.
  • The two goals were the fewest in a game for Merrimack since being held to one goal against Adelphi on April 8, 2017.
  • Shots: 19-27 (14-18 SOG)
  • FPG: 1-6 // 3-7
  • Draw Controls: 4-7 // Ground Balls: 20-21
  • Turnovers: 24-21 (9-10 CT) // Clears: 16-27 // 16-21

Up Next
Merrimack will enjoy a 10-day respite before returning to action with a matchup at Division I UMass Lowell on Tuesday, March 5, in what could be the first of many meetings in the coming years when the Warriors eventually reclassify to the Division I ranks in the Northeast Conference (NEC). Game time from Cushing Field is set for 4 p.m.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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