WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team continues to take on some of the best competition in the nation, as the Warriors lost a 20-4 game against No. 8 New Haven down at Kayo Field on Tuesday afternoon.
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Score: Merrimack 4 | New Haven 20
Records: Merrimack (3-10, 1-8 NE-10) | New Haven (11-2, 8-2 NE-10)
Location: Kayo Field | West Haven, Conn.
How It Happened
The Chargers marked the third ranked opponent the Warriors have faced in the month of April and the third time in the last four games that the Navy and Gold have gone up against a team ranked among the top-20 in the nation.
Over the first five minutes, New Haven proved its ranking legitimate as the Chargers scored seven goals within the first 4:42 of action. Redshirt freshman Hunter McCarthy(Avon, Conn.) scored the lone goal of the half for the Warriors. New Haven led by a score of 15-1 after the first 30 minutes.
In the second stanza, the Warriors responded well by going on a 3-0 run and holding the Chargers scoreless over a span of nearly 20 minutes. Junior Aubrie Stouffer(Souderton, Pa.) scored Merrimack’s second at the 16:51 mark. Less than one minute later, freshman Valerie Dayton (Belmont, Mass.) scored to snap a three-game goal drought. Dayton also missed time during that stretch due to an injury.
McCarthy scored Merrimack’s final goal of the game, assisted by senior midfielder Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) McCarthy now has a team-leading 23 tallies and reached the 30-point plateau after her multi-point game.
New Haven won the draw-control battle, 20-6. The Warriors were able to put 11 shots on the Chargers’ cage, while also completing 11 clears. The Navy and Gold totaled 15 ground balls, compared to 21 for New Haven.
Inside The Numbers
- Freshman goalkeeper Alexa Petzold (Ridgewood, N.J.) totaled seven saves on the afternoon. She also picked up one ground ball as she faced 31 shots from the Chargers
- Dayton led the team with a pair of draw controls, while Palombo caused two of Merrimack’s five caused turnovers. Palombo also led the team with four ground balls, marking the third straight game that the senior has posted at least four GBs. She is averaging nearly 4.00 GB/game over her last five contests
- Senior Christine Keenan (Byfield, Mass.) was the only other Warriors to post more than one ground ball, as she snatched up three. Keenan now has at least one ground ball over her last seven games
Warriors return to campus for their home finale against No. 3 Le Moyne at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Before the game, Merrimack will honor Olivia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.), Keenan, Kelly Metzger (Trumbull, Conn.) and Palombo, all members of the Class of 2015, as part of the Senior Day ceremony.