RIVERHEAD, NY – The #12 Merrimack women's lacrosse team was defeated by the Dowling Golden Lions on Saturday afternoon by the score of 15-11. Mary Pasquantonio (Plainville, Mass.) led the way for the Warriors with four goals on the afternoon.
"We played a very good team today and we did not get enough opportunities to put the ball away," said head coach Corinne Baker. "We responded in the second half but our free position and draws against proved fatal."
Pasquantonio led all Warriors with four goals on the afternoon and Colleen Strachan (Bedford, Mass.) racked up three assists and added a goal. Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) continued her solid play finishing the game with two goals. Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) finished off her day with one goal and one assist.
Dowling opened up the game with the first two goals before Alicia Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored the opening goal for the Warriors. Dowling made the score 4-1 just over a minute later as they scored on consecutive shots.
Huie scored consecutive Warriors goals to make the score 5-3 with 18:24 remaining in the first half. Dowling however would end the opening half on a 4-2 run to make the score 9-5 in favor of the Golden Lions. Pasquantonio and Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) scored the two Warrior goals.
Merrimack was outshot 20-12 and were successful on 9 of 11 clearing attempts while the Golden Lions were 10-10.
The Warriors opened up the second half on a 4-1 scoring run as pasquantonio buried three goals. Dowling quickly responded with a 4-0 scoring run of their own, putting the game out of the Warriors reach.
Sarah Salatto (Guilford, CT) and Strachan would score the final two goals for the Warriors in the 15-11 defeat at Dowling on Saturday.
Sam Kiesel (Andover, Mass.) finished off the game with 11 saves for the Warriors. Huie caused a game-high three turnovers and scooped up three groundballs for the Warriors. Kristin Elliott (Amherst, NH) continued her solid play causing two turnovers.
The Warriors finished the game holding the 34-33 advantage in shots and were successful on 14-19 clearing attempts. The Warriors committed 15 turnovers and forced 10 Dowling turnovers for the day.
Merrimack (6-8, 6-5 NE-10) will stay on the road for their final game of the regular season on Tuesday April 24 at 6:00 pm as they will take on the Franklin Pierce Ravens.