WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 16 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team had their three-game winning streak snapped after dropping a 20-15 contest on the road against No. 17 New Haven on Saturday at Kathy Zolad Stadium.
Score: New Haven 20, Merrimack 15
Records: #16 Merrimack (3-4, 3-1 NE10) | #17 New Haven (5-2, 3-1 NE10)
Location: Kathy Zolad Stadium | West Haven, Conn.
How It Happened
- New Haven got the scoring started with a goal less than two minutes into the game. The two teams traded goals back and forth until the Chargers took a 4-2 lead at the 10-minute mark. Sophomore Haley Bartlett and junior Cailin Bahret had the first two tallies for the Warriors before senior Amber Feminella netted her 17th of the year to get the Warriors within one, but New Haven responded with three of the next four goals to build a 7-4 lead with 7:33 left in the half.
- Junior Olivia Colletti took a feed from senior Bridget Schofield and made it a two-goal affair with 7:15 left, and then it was Schofield answering a New Haven goal with 3:44 left to make it 8-6, but the Chargers had the final tally of the half to take a 9-6 lead into the break.
- Sophomore Taylor Darrell opened the second-half scoring, but New Haven would net the next five to take their largest lead of the game (14-7). Bartlett and sophomore Catherine Mahanna disrupted that scoring run with back-to-back tallies two minutes apart, but New Haven answered 40 seconds later to go back up by six.
- Each team traded goals over the next 10 minutes, with Schofield, Mahanna, Colletti and Bartlett doing the honors to keep the visitors within four (17-13) with 11:27 to play.
- That, however, was the closest the Warriors would get, as New Haven would have an answer for each of Merrimack’s last two goals – which were off the sticks of juniors Ally DaCosta and Gretchen Krall – on the way to the final margin of victory.
Notes & Numbers
- Schofield (2g, 2a) and Bartlett (4g) each had four points to lead the Warriors on the offensive front. Bartlett was a lethal shooter with four goals on eight shot attempts (50.0%).
- Freshman Olivia Valdes hauled in a career-high five draw controls to lead the Warriors, while Feminella, Schofield and Colletti each had three.
- Three different Warriors had two caused turnovers: Darrell, junior Courtney Capobianco and senior goalkeeper Lauren Trepaney.
- Shots: 36-33 (24-29 SOG)
- FPG: 4-9 // 3-5
- Draw Controls: 17-21 Ground Balls: 15-17
- Turnovers: 20-15 (12-8 CT) // Clears: 17-20 // 14-18
Merrimack will return home for the first of three straight games at Duane Stadium when they host Saint Michael’s College on Wednesday (March 27) at 4 p.m.