CLEARWATER, Fla. – Junior attacker Aubrie Stouffer(Souderton, Pa.) scored a career-high seven goals as the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team scampered past the Virginia-Wise Cavaliers, 16-2, in a neutral-site game played at the David Martin Field in Clearwater, Fla. on Monday afternoon.
Score: Merrimack 16 | UVa-Wise 2
Records: Merrimack (2-0) | UVa-Wise (0-3)
Location: David Martin Field | Clearwater, Fla.
What They Said
Head coach Michael Daly: “It took time to get used to playing in the heat, but once we adjusted I thought we played better in the second half. Alexa picked up some huge saves for us to prevent UVa-Wise from gathering momentum. We took control in the second half, fighting for every draw control and ground ball. We’re happy to get the win, it was good to see balance and consistency on attack, and I’m thrilled to start the trip this way with our first win away from home in a few years.”
How It Happened
Stouffer powered the Warriors to the win, netting a career-high seven markers. Her previous career high was four goals, a total she had reached in each of her first two seasons. Redshirt freshman Hunter McCarthy (Avon, Conn.) totaled three goals, her second hat trick in as many games, and freshman goalkeeper Alexa Petzold (Ridgewood, N.J.) notched six saves.
It was the fewest goals allowed for the program in nearly two years. The Warriors also allowed only two goals in a 15-2 victory over Saint Michael’s in April of 2013. It is also Merrimack’s first win away from Martone-Mejail Field since April 24, 2012 against Franklin Pierce.
The Navy and Gold have now scored 34 goals over its first two games of the season. The last time Merrimack scored that many goals to being a season was in 2008, when the Warriors found the back of the net 32 times, including 28 in a single game, over the opening two contests.
Full details/statistical information to be released when available.
The Warriors will play their final game from Florida on Wednesday night, when Merrimack will take on Saint Leo University from the University Turf Stadium at 7 p.m.