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Women’s Lacrosse Topped in Season Finale at Wagner

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A first half run from Wagner was too much in the end Saturday afternoon at Hameline Field, as the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team could not come back in a 15-6 defeat to close the season.      

Taylor Darrell, Meghan Dzialo and Haley Bartlett all scored in the opening 13 minutes to keep the Warriors within striking distance, but the Seahawks held Merrimack off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half to build a sizable lead.

Gabby Cacciola put a tremendous cap on her junior year, as she made 15 saves on 30 shots on goal for her third consecutive game with 10+ stops.   

The Basics
Score: Wagner 15, Merrimack 6
Records: Merrimack (3-11, 3-9 NEC) | Wagner (9-4, 9-3 NEC)

How It Happened

  • Wagner claimed a 3-0 lead in the opening 2:39 on a trio of goals, but Merrimack pushed back.
  • The Warriors netted a pair less than two minutes apart when Darrell fought for a rebound and finished from in-tight, then Dzialo ripped home her first of the day on a free position.
  • The Seahawks retook the two-goal edge five minutes later at 18:30, but Bartlett quickly brought the deficit back to one when she cashed in on a string of passes from Catherine Mahanna and Darrell at 17:13.
  • Wagner found its stride to conclude the opening half hour, as it ended the half on a 5-0 run. The damage could have been a lot worse if not for Cacciola, who made four saves in the cage during that stretch and finished the half with seven stops.
  • The hosts added another early in the second half, but Darrell put a stop to the run just 30 seconds later. Similar to her first goal of the day, she lost the ball, then quickly regained it and scored for her second of the afternoon. 
  • Wagner found momentum again after the tally and slowed down the Warrior offense and enjoyed a 4-0 run to push the lead to 14-4 midway into the half.
  • Dzialo ended the run at 12:12 when she broke in for her second free position marker of the afternoon.
  • Another Seahawk goal at 11:04 brought the margin back to 10, but Olivia Valdes put a cap on the scoring for the day with 1:11 to play when she took a hard foul, then scored on the ensuing free position. 

Notes & Numbers

  • The multi-goal performance was the third straight for Darrell and the eighth of the season. She ended the season with three straight three-point games thanks to her assist on Bartlett’s tally.
  • Dzialo concludes her exceptional senior campaign with 44 goals and four assists for 48 points. She ends the year with at least one goal in 13 of the team’s 14 games and had three consecutive two-goal outings to close 2021.
  • Bartlett finishes the year with 195 career points (sixth all-time at Merrimack) and 159 goals (fourth all-time).
  • Valdes’ five draw controls led the Warriors for the second game in a row.  
  • Cacciola made history in the game. She ended the year with a .447 save percentage, which ties her for the 12th-best single season mark in program history.
  • Kelly Corrigan led the Warriors and set a single game career-high with six ground balls.
  • Corrigan, Darrell, Valdes, Kelsey Daly, Olivia Piazza and Krissy Kakridas all had one caused turnover.
  • Shots (MER-WAG): 26-40 (17-30 SOG)
  • Draw Controls (MER-WAG): 10-13 Ground Balls (MER-WAG): 30-33
  • Turnovers (MER-WAG): 21-14 // Clears (MER-WAG): 23-27 // 26-27

Up Next
The Warriors closed the season Saturday.   

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