WLAX: Merrimack’s Offense Explodes in 22-6 Win Over Wilmington

Merrimack College Women's lacrosse v Roberts Wesleyan at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA on February 28, 2016. Photo: Mike Gridley

DOVER, Del. – Led by four different players with hat tricks and nine different individual goal-scorers, the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team moved back to .500 on the young season thanks to its second straight victory, a thorough 22-6 road win at Wilmington University on Thursday afternoon at Delaware State’s Alumni Stadium.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 22
, Wilmington (Del.) 6
Records: Merrimack (2-2) | Wilmington (1-5)
DSU Alumni Stadium | Dover, Del.

Rapid Recap

  • After a defensive-minded first 10 minutes, Delaware broke the deadlock at the 20:56 mark to give the hosts a momentary lead, but that would only be answered by seven straight goals from the Warriors, who went up by a 7-1 margin until the Wildcats finally responded with 8:46 left in the half.
  • Merrimack then closed out the half on a 7-2 run to carry a 14-4 lead into the locker room. Those 14 goals in 30 minutes were one shy of their previous single-game scoring high (15) for an entire contest.
  • That onslaught continued in the second stanza, as Merrimack opened the half with four straight goals and then never let its lead slip to less than 13 the rest of the way, as the Warrior defense limited the Wildcats to just six goals altogether, tying the lowest single-game total for goals allowed to the opposition (NYIT – Feb. 28).

Scoring Highlights

  • Seven different Warriors either set new single-game scoring totals or tied their previous personal bests in Thursday’s victory.
  • Sophomore Emma Bonassar (Wallingford, Conn.) led the charge with a career-best five goals and seven points (5g, 2a), becoming one of only three players on the team to ever record seven or more points in a single game in the process.
  • Senior Hunter McCarthy (Avon, Conn.) was next on the list with a six-point outing (4g, 2a), finishing two goals and one point shy of her single-game bests in both categories, respectively.
  • Junior Annette Ruggiero (Peabody, Mass.) made it two straight with a hat trick after burying three more on Sunday, pushing her season total to 10.
  • Finally, freshman Ally DaCosta (New Bedford, Mass.) set a new career-high with her first-ever hat trick on Thursday, as well. Classmate Kyra Schwartzman (Kennebunk, Maine) posted her third two-goal game of the season, as well, to continue her steady offensive contributions.
  • Sophomore Amber Feminella (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) finished with three points (2g, 1a), while classmate Bridget Schofield (Littleton, Mass.) made it two straight games with a career-high five points after distributing a personal-best four helpers to go with one goal on Thursday.
  • Junior captain Carly McKenna (Saco, Maine) recorded her first goal of the season and also dished an assist, while senior Charlotte Fitzgerald (Sudbury, Mass.)  posted the first two points of her career on Thursday.
  • Finally, freshman Olivia Colletti (Massapequa, N.Y.) and sophomore Teagan Mockus (Branford, Conn.) also set milestones on Thursday with their first-ever goal and assist, respectively.

Notes and Notables

  • As a team, Merrimack crossed the 20-goal threshold for the first time in nearly four years; its last such performance came in a 20-11 victory against Franklin Pierce on April 25, 2013.
  • The Warriors have also won back-to-back games for the first time this season and will look to make it three straight on Saturday, which would be their first such streak since the 2011 season.
  • Merrimack collected a season-high 28 ground balls and forced a season-most 23 turnovers in Thursday’s victory while also tying its single-game best mark in draw controls (14).

Team Leaders (MC // WILM)

  • Points: Bonassar (7) // La’Dae Boykin (2) 
  • Goals: Bonasssar (7) // Boykin (2)
  • Assists: Schofield (4) // None
  • Draw Controls: Schofield (6) // Boykin (7)
  • Ground Balls: Three players (3) // Zameria Jones (5)
  • Caused Turnovers: Seven players (1) // Jones (2)
  • Saves: Alexa Petzold/Lauren Trepaney (2) // Maddie Hurm (7)

Team Comparisons (MC // WILM)

  • Shots (Total/SOG): 33/29 // 13/10
  • Draw Controls: 14 // 16
  • Ground Balls: 28 // 18
  • Clears: 11-14 // 6-15
  • Turnovers: 15// 23

Up Next
Merrimack returns home to take on Southern Connecticut State in its Northeast-10 Conference opener on Saturday (March 18) at 4 p.m.

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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