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.
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.
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
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.