Women's Lacrosse Edged by Southern Conn. State University, 8-6

Photo Credits: Jim Stankiewicz


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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Merrimack College women's lacrosse team suffered its 13th loss of the season, as the Warriors were defeated, 8-6, by Southern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at Jess Dow Field.

The Basics

Score:  Southern Conn. State 8, Merrimack 6
 Merrimack (2-13, 1-10 NE-10) | Southern Conn. State (4-10, 1-9 NE-10)
Location: Jess Dow Field | New Haven, Conn.

How It Happened

Southern Connecticut State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the Warriors just four minutes into the first half. Roughly seven minutes later, Merrimack regrouped and tallied its first goal of the game. Sophomore Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.) found freshman Clare Blomberg (Wading River, N.Y.) for her second goal of the season.

Over the next six minutes, the Owls went on a 2-0 scoring run to bring the hosts ahead 4-1. With less than 11 minutes to play in the first, senior Dara Hayes (Calgary, Alberta) tallied the Warriors second goal of the game on an unassisted goal. Just 47 seconds later, Southern Conn. extended its lead to three (5-2) after a goal from Emily Orser.

Orser's goal would prove to be the final tally of the first half as the Owls took a 5-2 lead heading into halftime.

Just 30 seconds into the second half, Southern Conn. struck again with an unassisted, man up goal from Jennifer MCCarthy. Down by four (6-2), sophomore Danielle Riley (West Point, N.Y.) was able to find the back of the net on a man up opportunity goal for Merrimack.

With plenty of time still on the clock, Southern Connecticut went on a 2-1 scoring run to double its lead 8-4. During the run, Stouffer found sophomore Shealyn Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) for the Warriors fourth goal of the game.

With just under five minutes to play, the Warriors came together to score two goals to bring the score to within two (8-6), but the Owls' defense held off the Warriors to secure the win.

Senior goalkeeper Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md.) tallied five saves in the loss while Vanessa Pagano recorded five saves in the 8-6 win.

Inside the Numbers

  • Southern Conn. held a slim 19-17 edge in shots.
  • The Warriors were 11-of-15 in clears while the Owls were 8-of-19.
  • Merrimack recorded 24 ground balls as well as caused 11 turnovers.
  • Three different Owls recorded two goals each while Emily Orser went 1-of-1 in free position shots.
  • Junior Olivia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.) led the Warriors with six ground balls and two turnovers.

Up Next

Merrimack returns to action on Tuesday, April 22, as the Warriors host Bentley University under the lights on Senior Night at Martone-Mejail Field. Opening draw is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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