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MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team hung in with the Saint Anselm Hawks, a program ranked nationally for most of the season, but the Hawks pulled away for the 13-4 victory on Monday night from Grappone Stadium. The Warriors only trailed by one goal at halftime.

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The Basics
Score: Merrimack 4 
| Saint Anselm 13
Records: Merrimack (3-12, 1-10 NE-10)
| Saint Anselm (7-6, 6-5 NE-10)
Grappone Stadium | Manchester, N.H.

How It Happened
The Warriors opened up the scoring a shade over six minutes into the opening stanza, as redshirt freshman Hunter McCarthy (Avon, Conn.) ripped one home for her 25th goal of the season.

Saint Anselm, who entered the contest receiving votes in the national coaches’ poll, responded with a 4-0 run to build a three-goal advantage. The run culminated with Marissa Daly’s 31st tally of the year at the 14:24 mark.

Senior captain Kelly Metzger (Trumbull, Conn.) set a new career high with her seventh goal of the season to snap the scoring drought for the Warriors and make it 4-2 with 12 minutes remaining in the half. Sophomore defender Clare Blomberg (Wading River, N.Y.) provided the assist on the goal, her first helper of the year.

With the Warriors trailing by three goals and less than six minutes left in the half, McCarthy potted back-to-back goals to make it 5-4 entering halftime, the last of which came with just 63 seconds left in the opening half. The Warriors recorded a perfect 4-for-4 in terms of shots on goal, scoring on every attempt in the first 30 minutes.

The Hawks came out strong in the second half, especially on the defensive end. Through the first 20 minutes of the second half, Saint Anselm did not allow the Warriors to get a single shot off. During that time, Saint Anselm built a 10-4 lead using a 6-0 run.

With less than six minutes to play in the game, McCarthy got off the Warriors’ first shot of the second half, but it was saved by Allee Ramzi. The Hawks came away with the 13-4 victory, shutting out Merrimack over the final 30 minutes.

Inside The Numbers

  • McCarthy netted her sixth hat trick of the season and first in the past eight games. She now has eight multi-goal games during her rookie campaign
  • Senior defender Olivia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.) collected four ground balls to lead the team. She set a new career high with 33 on the season and has 92 for her career, eight away from becoming the eighth player in program history to reach the century mark
  • Junior Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.) corralled a season-high four draw controls. Prior to Monday night, Stouffer’s season high was two, which had occurred on six occasions. Stouffer posted two draw controls combined over the past five games entering the matchup with the Hawks
  • Freshman goalkeeper Alexa Petzold (Ridgewood, N.J.) finished the night with seven saves, facing 24 shots

Up Next
Merrimack returns to Manchester on Wednesday afternoon to take on Southern New Hampshire. First draw control is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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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