NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's lacrosse team fell to visiting Franklin Pierce on Tuesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: Franklin Pierce 16, Merrimack 8
Records: Merrimack (3-7, 1-5 NE10) | Franklin Pierce (4-4, 2-4 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
- Franklin Pierce set the tone with four straight goals in a span of 4:25 to build an early lead before Merrimack got on the board. The Ravens then struck again at the 21:56 mark to grab a four-goal lead, which tied their largest of the half (5-1).
- Merrimack then used a lightning-quick scoring sequence to make it a one-goal game, burying tallies at 18:40, 18:23 and 17:49, respectively, to make it a 5-4 contest. Franklin Pierce, however, ripped off five uninterrupted tallies before the Warriors answered at the 6:41 mark, and that five-goal score (10-5) went unchanged through the remainder of the half.
- Franklin Pierce extended its lead to as high as eight to start the second half, taking a 13-5 advantage 10 minutes into the frame. Merrimack's deficit never grew less than eight the rest of the way, as each side added three more tallies from there on out to close out the contest.
Highlights and Notables
- Senior Hunter McCarthy (Avon, Conn.) led all Warriors with four points on two goals and two assists. She is the only Warrior to score in every single game this season.
- Freshman Olivia Colletti (Massapequa, N.Y.) posted the lone Merrimack hat trick with an even three-goal performance, accounting for her second hat trick as a Warrior.
- Sophomore Amber Feminella (Cortlandt, N.Y.) was Merrimack's lone other multi-point and multi-goal scorer, finishing with a pair of tallies. Classmate Bridget Schofield (Littleton, Mass.) also had a goal on Tuesday, as well.
- Schofield set a new career-high with 10 draw controls won on Tuesday, while hunior Annette Ruggiero (Peabody, Mass.) tied her single-game best with two caused turnovers.
Team Leaders (MC // FPU)
- Points: McCarthy (4) // Caitlin Sweeney (8)
- Goals: Colletti (3) // Sweeney (6)
- Assists: McCarthy (2) // Two players (2)
- Draw Controls: Bridget Schofield (10) // Sweeney (7)
- Ground Balls: Two players (2) // Kenady Kelly (3)
- Caused Turnovers: Ruggiero (2) // Three players (1)
- Saves: Lauren Trepaney (4) // Denise Hunt (7)
Team Comparisons (MC // FPU)
- Shots (Total/SOG): 21/15 // 31/23
- Draw Controls: 13 // 13
- Ground Balls: 8 // 12
- Clears: 10-16 // 14-19
- Turnovers: 14 // 13
Merrimack will visit the top-ranked team in the country, Adelphi, on Saturday. First whistle is set for 12 p.m.