No. 1 Le Moyne Scrapes Past No. 11 Merrimack
from press release
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The #11 Merrimack women's lacrosse team was defeated on Saturday afternoon by the #1 Le Moyne Dolphins by the score of 8-7. The loss drops the Warriors to 3-4 (3-3 NE-10) on the season while the Dolphins improved to 7-0 (5-0 NE-10).
Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.) led the way offensively for the Warriors on the afternoon scoring two goals and adding one assist. Alicia Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) also scored twice for the Warriors while Liz Greeley (Norwood, Mass.), Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) and Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) each tallied one goal in the defeat.
Le Moyne opened up the game with the first two goals less than five minutes into play to give them the early advantage. Less than three minutes later the Warriors would respond with a goal of their own as Tinsley found the back of the net after a nice pass from Colleen Strachan (Bedford, Mass.).
Brenna Bauer would score for the Dolphins to give them the 3-1 advantage before Szymanski answered with a goal of her own a minute later. Huie would tie the game with her only marker of the contest with 15 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Dolphins would score two straight goals over the next four minutes to make the score 5-3 in favor of the home team. Pino would score her first goal of the game on a free position attempt with 9:33 showing on the game clock. She found the back of the net less than a minute later to make the score 5-5 at halftime.
The Warriors were outshot 16-8 in the opening half and they were 7-9 on clear attempts. The Warriors caused eight Dolphin turnovers in the first half and scooped up eight groundballs.
The second half opened up with back-to-back Brittany Brigandi goals for the Dolphins, giving them the 7-5 lead. Greeley would respond quickly for the Warriors beating the goaltender on her free position attempt with 10:08 remaining in the game.
Tinsley would find the back of the net for the second time on the afternoon with 48 seconds remaining in the game to bring the Warriors within one at 8-7.
The Warriors would have two chances to tie the game up in the final 30 seconds as Pino was given two free position attempts but the Le Moyne goalie stood tall and made two saves to preserve the 8-7 victory.
The Warriors were outshot 31-17 for the game and were 12-16 on clear attempts. Merrimack scooped up 13 groundballs on the afternoon and caused 12 Le Moyne turnovers.
Sam Kiesel (Andover, Mass.) made her second straight start between the pipes for the Warriors and made a season high 11 saves. Defensively the Warriors were led by Kristin Elliott (Amherst, NH) and Sarah Salatto (Guilford, CT). Elliott finished the contest with a team-high two caused turnovers and three groundballs while Salatto finished with a team-high four groundballs.
The Warriors (3-4, 3-3 NE-10) will return home for a conference game with Southern New Hampshire on April 4 at 7 pm.