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Women’s Lacrosse Rolls Past Central Connecticut in Home Finale

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team flew out to a big first half lead, then locked down Central Connecticut for the rest of the way to cruise to a 15-3 victory Wednesday afternoon at Duane Stadium in the 2021 home finale.     

 

The scoring was balanced for the Warriors, as nine different players found the back of the net, including Isabella Tersoni, who scored her first two collegiate goals just over a minute apart late in the second half. Natalie Calkins tied her single game career-high in assists with three and ended the day as the top scorer with four points.

 

Along with Tersoni, Taylor Darrell, Catherine Mahanna, Meghan Dzialo, Sophie Scearbo and Lulu Sweeney also enjoyed multi-goal efforts.

 

Just a few days after her best game in the cage as a Warrior, Gabby Cacciola did it again, as she made 15 saves on 18 shots on goal for an .833 save percentage on the day.  

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 15, Central Connecticut 3
Records: Merrimack (3-10, 3-8 NEC) | Central Connecticut (0-14, 0-12 NEC)

How It Happened

  • Merrimack quickly grabbed a strangle hold on the game, as it scored three times in the opening 4:25 on tallies from Vicki Palmer, Dzialo, then a free position finish from Darrell. 
  • Central Connecticut got on the board a minute later, but Scearbo needed just 38 seconds to get the lead back to three with a free position tally.
  • The Warriors poured it on after that. Haley Bartlett got her first of the day in front off a great dish from Calkins, then Mahanna netted two in a row in a 22-second span to push the lead to six. 
  • The Blue Devils got one back at 16:11, but the hosts owned the rest of the first half.
  • Sweeney scored on a free position at 9:29, then Calkins connected with Dzialo at 6:03 before a flurry in the final five minutes. 
  • Scearbo got another free position goal with 4:16 to go, then Sydney Leeds assisted on Sweeney’s second of the half to push the advantage to 11-2 at the half.
  • Central Connecticut looked to make one more push with the opening goal of the second half a couple minutes in, but Merrimack had all the scoring to close the contest.
  • Calkins put one in the back of the net at 22:56 when Tersoni connected with her on a clean pass just in front of the cage. 
  • Darrell pushed the lead to 10 with an unassisted goal at 18:24, before Tersoni owned the last five minutes.
  • Off a free position, Darrell backed away, then dished to Tersoni in front for the senior’s first career goal, before she added a second to cap the scoring just over a minute later. 

Notes & Numbers

  • The three points were Tersoni’s first of the season and it set a single game career-high for the senior.
  • Sweeney’s two goals marked her first multi-goal effort since Mar. 27, 2019 and she now has three goals in two games since she returned to the lineup.
  • Olivia Valdes had a game-high five draw controls.
  • Cacciola, Dzialo, Mahanna, Kelsey Daly and Kelly Corrigan all had a caused turnover.
  • Cacciola led the way with four ground balls.
  • Every player that dressed for the game entered in on the field at some point for Merrimack.
  • Shots (MER-CCSU): 35-26 (23-18 SOG)
  • Draw Controls (MER-CCSU): 13-7 Ground Balls (MER-CCSU): 14-10
  • Turnovers (MER-CCSU): 13-14 // Clears (MER-CCSU): 23-25 // 17-18

Up Next
The Warriors put a close on the 2021 season Saturday afternoon when they travel to Staten Island, N.Y. to battle Wagner. Draw control is set for 1:00 pm.  

For continuing coverage of Merrimack College Athletics, visit MerrimackAthletics.com and follow the Warriors on Twitter and on Facebook.
 

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