WLAX: Merrimack Concludes Season Falling at Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team saw its 2015 campaign come to a conclusion with a 17-3 defeat at the hands of the No. 19 Bentley University Falcons from the Bentley Turf Field on Saturday afternoon.

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The Basics
Score: Merrimack 3
| Bentley 17
Records: Merrimack (3-14, 1-12 NE-10)
| Bentley (10-5, 9-4 NE-10)
Bentley Turf Field | Waltham, Mass.

How It Happened
The Warriors took on the Falcons facing their sixth ranked program of the season and fifth of the month of April, homing for an upset in the season finale.

Bentley opened up a 3-0 lead with a trio of goals in the first 5:06 of the contest. Sophomore Clare Blomberg (Wading  River, N.Y.) ended that run with her first goal of the season off an assist from junior attacker Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.).

The Falcons responded with a 6-0 run over the next 15 minutes of action to take a 9-1 advantage. Senior Kelly Metzger (Trumbull, Conn.) halted the run with her eighth tally of the year with less than seven minutes to play in the first half. The hosts entered halftime with a 10-goal lead at 12-2.

Only six combined goals were scored in the final stanza, with the Falcons potting five of them. Redshirt freshman Hunter McCarthy (Avon, Conn.) scored the lone goal of the final 30 minutes for the Warriors, an unassisted tally with less than three minutes to play in the game. McCarthy ends her first season with team highs in goals (29) and points (37)

Freshman goalkeeper Alexa Petzold (Ridgewood, N.J.) finished the afternoon with 10 saves, battling through an array of shots from Bentley. The Warriors won nine draw controls, collected 10 ground balls and successfully cleared the ball 13 times.

Inside The Numbers

  • Petzold notched her fifth double-digit save game of the year, four of those occasions coming against ranked opponents. She finished the year with a 12.21 goals against average and a .382 save percentage
  • Freshman Valerie Dayton (Belmont, Mass.) finished with the most draw controls on the squad (4). Senior Olivia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.) led the team with two caused turnovers, playing in her final game as a member of the Warriors
  • Metzger, Christine Keenan (Byfield, Mass.) and Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) joined Coakley by playing their final games in a Merrimack uniform
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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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