Big Second Half Leads #7 Merrimack Past Stonehill, 5-0

Bergquist posts 12 saves in shutout performance for Warriors

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (October 8, 2012) – Merrimack College, ranked seventh in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, scored four second half goals to secure a 5-0 victory over Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at Martone-Mejail Field this afternoon.

Senior Kerri Bergquist (Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee) stopped all 12 shots on goal she faced for Merrimack to secure the victory. Senior Jen Otis (Penacook, N.H./Merrimack Valley) paced the offense with two goals and an assist, while junior Candace Waldie (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) registered a goal and assist.

Stonehill held a 26-25 edge for shots and a 14-11 advantage in penalty corners. Merrimack also got goals from seniors Jamie Spano (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) and April Daugherty (Wakefield, R.I./Lincoln), while junior Jessica Otis (Pittsford, N.Y./East Rochester) dished out two assists for the Warriors.

Sophomore Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Md./North Harford) made five saves over 59:22 in goal for Stonehill, while senior Kaitlyn Curtis (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) didn't see a shot on goal over the final 10:38.

Waldie scored the lone goal of the first half when she tipped in a shot from the point by Jen Otis 9:24 into the contest for her 16th marker of the season. Neither team scored the rest of the half as shots finished even at 12 at the intermission. Spano gave the Warriors a two goal lead with her third of the year 8:46 into the second half with a tip in on the left side on Jessica Otis' shot from the right.

Jen Otis added her first of the afternoon, assisted by Waldie off a penalty corner at 50:50. Daugherty put the Warriors in front by four with her 14th of the season on a rebound at 53:54. Jen Otis wrapped up the scoring at 59:22 with her tenth marker of the year off a feed from Jessica Otis.

Stonehill (7-7, 3-3 NE-10) returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Southern Connecticut State University at 6 p.m. Merrimack (11-2, 5-1 NE-10) visits Saint Michael's College on Wednesday at 1 p.m.