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Women’s Lacrosse Knocked Off at Bryant

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – A pair of runs from Bryant did the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team in Wednesday afternoon at Beirne Stadium, as the Bulldogs knocked off the Warriors, 19-7.   

Taylor Darrell led the charge on the offensive side of the field, as she tallied two goals and an assist for three points, which was her fifth game of the season with three points or more. Haley Bartlett also had a multi-point performance, as scored once and added a helper.

Gabby Cacciola made her third straight start in the cage and had nine saves to push her season total to 74.  

The Basics
Score: Bryant 19, Merrimack 7
Records: Merrimack (2-9, 2-7 NEC) | Bryant (5-5, 5-5 NEC)

How It Happened

  • The Bulldogs scored the game’s opening two goals in the first three minutes, but Merrimack quickly pushed back. Darrell got the visitors on the board at the 26:07 mark when she fought her way around the defenders and ripped one home to the top of the net. 
  • Merrimack needed just three minutes to level the score at two when Meghan Dzialo continued her spectacular season with her 39th of the season on a free position.
  • Bryant regained the lead 20 seconds after Dzialo’s tally, then added three more in the following five minutes to build a four-goal cushion.
  • The Warriors fought back into the contest again at the midpoint of the first half thanks to Catherine Mahanna and Georgia Parker. Mahanna brought the deficit to three at 14:34 when she scooped up a rebound and quickly found the back of the net, then Parker tallied a free position marker at 12:12 to make it 6-4. 
  • Bryant regained the three-goal edge at 10:49, but Kylie Ward responded 30 seconds later when she took a quick pass from Bartlett and fired home her second of the season.
  • The hosts finished the opening 30 minutes strong, as they enjoyed a 5-0 run that sent the teams into the intermission.
  • Bryant pushed the run to six to open the second half, but Bartlett got it back a couple minutes later when she ran in front of the net and received a timely pass from Darrell for the senior’s 26th of the season. 
  • It became a defensive battle after that, as just five goals were scored over the next 19 minutes, but Bryant tallied all of them to push its lead to 18-6.
  • Darrell was able to complete her two-goal game with 3:15 to play when she made a quick cut around a defender to gain space, then ripped it to the back of the net.
  • The Bulldogs tacked on one final goal with just over a minute to play to close the scoring.

Notes & Numbers

  • Bartlett took sole possession of seventh all-time at Merrimack in points with 190 in her prolific career. She passed Maddie Basile ’10 during the game and is now just one point behind Kelly Pasquantonio ’10 for sixth.  
  • Mahanna led the team with four draw controls, which is the most she’s had in a game since Apr. 28, 2018 when she corralled six against Assumption.
  • Sophie Scearbo had a team-high two caused turnovers, which was also good enough for a single game career-high.
  • Scearbo and Vicki Palmer both collected a pair of ground balls.
  • Shots (MER-BRY): 22-39 (14-28 SOG)
  • Draw Controls (MER-BRY): 10-17 Ground Balls (MER-BRY): 10-13
  • Turnovers (MER-BRY): 18-10 // Clears (MER-BRY): 18-23 // 20-21

Up Next
The Warriors return to Duane Stadium Saturday for a 1:00 pm matchup against Sacred Heart.         

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