WLAX: Merrimack Falls to #13 Pace

Merrimack College women’s lacrosse vs. Southern Connecticut at Martone-Mejail Field in N. Andover, MA on March 18, 2017. Photo: Mike Gridley

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team fell, 17-5, at 13th-ranked Pace University in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Saturday at Pace Stadium. The Warriors had an early first-half lead and rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie things at 3-all, but the Setters would score 14 of the game’s next 16 goals on the way to the final decision.

The Basics
 Pace 17, Merrimack 5
Records: Merrimack (3-6, 1-4 NE10) | #13 Pace (7-1, 5-0 NE10)
 Pace Stadium | Pleasantville, N.Y.

Rapid Recap

  • Merrimack broke a scoreless tie at the 25:36 mark with a goal from sophomore Amber Feminella (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) before Pace netted three straight to grab a 3-1 lead with just over 20 minutes left in the opening half.
  • The Warriors would net back-to-back tallies in about two minutes to tie things up at 3-all.
  • The Setters, however, would use a five-goal sequence in the span of four minutes and then netted another before the first half ended to take a 9-3 lead into the break.
  • Freshman Ally DaCosta (New Bedford, Mass.) opened the second-half scoring 55 seconds into the frame, but Pace would run off four more consecutive markers to open up a nine-goal lead (13-4).
  • The visitors would get as close as eight the rest of the way, but the Setters ended the game on another four-goal runt o account for the final margin of victory.

Highlights and Notables

  • DaCosta led all Warriors with three points on a goal and two helpers, finishing one point back of her single-game career-best.
  • She was one of five Warriors to record a goal apiece; Feminella, senior Hunter McCarthy (Avon, Conn.), junior Annette Ruggiero (Peabody, Mass.) and freshman Kyra Schwartzman (Kennebunk, Maine) also found the back of the net on Saturday.
  • In net, sophomore Lauren Trepaney (Amherst, N.H.) set a new career-high with 18 saves against the Setters’ high-powered attack.

Team Leaders (MC // PAC)

  • Points: DaCosta (3) // Casey Gelderman (5) 
  • Goals: Five players (1) // Gelderman (5)
  • Assists: DaCosta (2) // Two players (1)
  • Draw Controls: Bridget Schofield (2) // Gelderman (9)
  • Ground Balls: Three players (2) // Angela Kelly (3)
  • Caused Turnovers: Two players (1) // Two players (2)
  • Saves: Lauren Trepaney (18) // Alissa Silvestri (5)

Team Comparisons (MC // PAC)

  • Shots (Total/SOG): 16/10 // 41/35
  • Draw Controls: 5 // 19
  • Ground Balls: 12 // 15
  • Clears: 10-16 // 8-10
  • Turnovers: 16 // 7

Up Next
Merrimack will welcome Franklin Pierce University to town on Wednesday (April 5) afternoon with first whistle set for 4 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but pushed back a day due to expected winter weather in the region over the weekend.

About Mike McMahon 6234 Articles
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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