LOWELL, Mass. – The No. 18 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse program nearly outscored UMass Lowell over the final 40 minutes of the contest, but the River Hawks had the game’s first six goals, which proved to be the difference in Tuesday’s cross-divisional matchup between the local schools.
The Warriors had plenty of mettle to go toe-to-toe with an up-and-coming Division I program; after giving up six goals in a nearly 13-minute span that gave the hosts a 6-0 lead after 18 minutes, Merrimack scored four of the game’s next six goals to close out the half with junior Olivia Colletti netting two of them.
Merrimack had two straight goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to get within four once again, but the River Hawks answered with five of the next seven goals to close out the contest and stave off the Warriors in the first-ever meeting between the two nearby programs.
Score: UMass Lowell 15, Merrimack 8
Records: #18 Merrimack (0-3, 0-0 NE10) | UMass Lowell (3-4, 0-0 AE)
Location: Cushing Field | Lowell, Mass.
How It Happened
- It was all UMass Lowell through the majority of the first half; following a five-minute scoreless stretch, the River Hawks got on the board with 24:20 left and added five more over the next 13 minutes to build a game-high six-goal lead.
- But Colletti got the Warriors on the board with just over 10 minutes left in the half followed by another strike by classmate Ally DaCosta. The River Hawks countered with one more, but tallies from senior Amber Feminella and another by Colletti made it a three-goal affair with less than three minutes to go in the half. The hosts would get one back on a free position chance to carry a four-goal lead into the break.
- Each team traded two goals apiece in the opening 10 minutes of the second half; after the River Hawks built their lead back to six, sophomore Haley Bartlett and junior Gretchen Krall both found the twine in about 90 seconds to get the Warriors back within four (10-6).
- UMass Lowell, however, would score the next three before sophomore Taylor Darrell answered with just under 11 minutes to play.
- Each side traded goals in the span of a minute – with Darrell netting another – before the River Hawks rounded out the scoring with 6:23 left, and the score went unchanged the rest of the way.
Notes & Numbers
- Bartlett led all Warriors with three points (1g, 2a), while Colletti and Darrell each led the way with two goals. The latter recorded her first-ever multi-goal game as a Warrior in the process.
- Sophomore Catherine Mahanna and freshman Olivia Valdes each led the way with three draw controls while Mahanna had Merrimack’s only two caused turnovers.
- Junior Lauren Trepaney had another 11 stops between the pipes to mark her third straight game to start the season with a double-digit saves total.
- Shots: 14-40 (10-26 SOG)
- FPG: 3 // 4
- Draw Controls: 9-16 // Ground Balls: 4-10
- Turnovers: 16-13 (2-5 CT) // Clears: 8-15 // 7-7
Merrimack returns home to host Southern Connecticut State in its Northeast-10 Conference opener this Saturday (March (9). Game time is set for 12 p.m.