WARRIORS HONORED THEIR FOUR SENIORS PRIOR TO TUESDAY'S NORTHEAST-10 CONFERENCE BATTLE AGAINST FALCONS
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Despite a three-point performance from sophomore Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.), the Merrimack College women's lacrosse team fell short, 11-6, to Bentley University Tuesday evening at Martone-Mejail Field on Senior Night.
Score: Bentley 11, Merrimack 6
Records: Merrimack (2-14, 1-11 NE-10) | Bentley (8-7, 7-4 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Four minutes into the game, senior Jessica Otis (Pittsford, N.Y.) tallied her first career goal off a short pass from junior Christine Keenan (Byfield, Mass.) to put the Warriors up 1-0. Shortly after, Bentley tied the game up at one (1-1), before taking a commanding 6-1 lead over the hosts with 8:28 left to play in the first.
With less than eight minutes to play in the first, Merrimack broke the Falcons scoring run with a goal from freshman Clare Blomberg (Wading River, N.Y.). Stouffer found Blomberg off a strong cut to the net to tally her second goal of the season. Bentley responded just three minutes later with its seventh goal of the game.
The Warriors were able to get some good shots on net, but remained trailing Bentley, 7-2, heading into halftime.
Both teams buckled down on defense in the second half until the 20:25 mark as freshman Megan Fero (East Manlius, N.Y.) tallied the first goal of the half. Fero was able to put one pass goalkeeper Ally Dorman to record her ninth goal of the season. Just 24 seconds later, Bentley responded with an unassisted goal by Kelsey Howard to put the Falcons up five (8-3).
However, back-to-back goals from Stouffer put the Warriors back in the game and to within three (8-5) with 16:48 left to play. Over the next eight minutes, both teams traded goals and the Warriors managed to bring the score to within three (9-6).
Merrimack continued to battle on offense, but was unable to stop Bentley from going on a 2-0 scoring run to secure the 11-6 victory on Senior Night.
Senior goalkeeper Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md.) tallied nine saves in the loss while Ally Dorman tallied eight saves as well in the 11-6 victory for the Falcons.
Inside the Numbers
- Bentley held a 24-18 edge in shots as well as a 15-11 advantage in ground balls.
- The Warriors were 0-of-2 in free position shots while the Falcons were 4-of-11.
- Both Merrimack and Bentley each tallied 11 turnovers and five caused turnovers.
- Otis posted a team-high six draw controls as well as a ground ball.
- The Navy and Gold finished the evening with 26 fouls and went 12-of-14 in clears.
Merrimack returns to action on Saturday, April 26, as the Warriors wrap up the 2014 season with a trip to Oakdale, N.Y. to take on Dowling College in non-conference action. Opening draw is scheduled for 12 p.m.