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VICTOR, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team heads back to Massachusetts with its first Division I victory after downing Canisius College 10-9. Junior Meghan Dzialo scored a goal with 19 seconds remaining in the second half to give the Warriors a one-goal advantage down the stretch. Freshman Natalie Calkins scored a second half hat trick to put Merrimack ahead. Junior classmates Taylor Darrell and Catherine Mahanna also added two goals for the Warriors.
Score: Merrimack 10, Canisius 9
Records: Merrimack (1-2) | Canisius (0-3)
Location: Victor, N.Y.
How It Happened
- Canisius took an early two-goal lead in the first five minutes of play. Senior Ally DeCosta got the Warriors on the board after getting a pass from Calkins. The Griffins answered back with a goal two minutes later to make the score 3-1. Mahanna scored her first goal of the game to put the Warriors down one. Canisius scored again, which put them up two. Merrimack rattled off three unanswered goals. One by freshman Sophie Scearbo and two by Darrell that gave the Warriors a singular goal advantage. The Griffins scored late in the first half to tie the game up heading into halftime.
- To open up the second half Calkins went on her tear of three goals in six minutes that gave Merrimack a 9-5 lead. Two of the goals were assisted by DeCosta and one was assisted by sophomore Olivia Valdes. Mahanna added her second goal of the game giving the Warriors a 9-5 lead with 16 minutes remaining in the contest. Canisius then rattled off four straight unanswered goals to tie the score at nine with just over two minutes left to play. With 19 seconds left in regulation Dzialo found the back of the net to give the Warriors their first Division I victory.
Notes & Numbers
- Senior goalkeeper Tammy Nguyen had a season-high 15 saves on the afternoon.
- Calkins earned her second career hat trick in only three career games
- Shots: 21-34 (16-24 SOG)
- Draw Controls: 12-9 Ground Balls: 17-25
- Turnovers: 26-22 // Clears: 19-28 // 17-20
The Warriors send it back to New York to take on Niagara. Game time is set for 1 p.m. in Niagara Falls, N.Y.