Second Half Surge Pushes Merrimack Past #19/20 Women's Lacrosse, 18-10

Shannahan scored a pair of goals and collected five ground balls and three caused turnovers for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Mike Tureski/SportsPix)

Bartlett nets six goals in seven-point day to lead Warriors

EASTON, Mass. (March 6, 2018) – Merrimack College scored the first five goals of the second half on its way to an 11-3 advantage for the final 30-minutes overall to claim an 18-10 triumph over Stonehill College, ranked No. 19 in this week's Nike/US Lacrosse Magazine Division II poll and No. 20 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II poll, in Northeast-10 Conference women's lacrosse action on Timothy J. Coughlin '80 Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium this afternoon.          

Freshman Haley Bartlett (Gilford, New Hampshire/New Hampton) led Merrimack with six goals and an assist, while adding two caused turnovers, while junior Amber Feminella (Cortlandt Manor, New York/Hendrick Hudson) totaled six points with three goals and three assists. Sophomore Ally DaCosta (New Bedford, Massachusetts/Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) also recorded six points with a goal and five assists, while collecting two draw controls and two ground balls, and classmate Olivia Colletti (Massapequa, New York/Massapequa) totaled three goals and an assist with six draw controls.

Sophomore Tammy Nguyen (Lowell, Massachusetts/Lowell) made seven of her 12 saves in the second half for Merrimack, limiting Stonehill to just three second half goals. The Warriors controlled possession with a 17-13 edge in draw controls, while posting 14 caused turnovers on the Skyhawks 17 giveaways for the contest.

Sophomore MacKenzie Pleshaw (Franklin, Massachusetts/Franklin) scored five of Stonehill's ten goals on the afternoon, adding three ground balls and a caused turnover. Senior Taylor Shannahan (Mendham, New Jersey/Morris Catholic) netted a season-high two goals, converting a pair of free-position shots, to go with five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore Kaitlin Healey (Westwood, Massachusetts/Westwood) chipped in with a goal and two caused turnovers, while sister Kelly Healey (Westwood, Massachusetts/Westwood), a senior, totaled a goal , four draw controls and three ground balls.

Pleshaw scored five goals to lead the Skyhawks on offense. (PHOTO BY Mike Tureski/SportsPix)

Sophomore Bailey Grant (Chelmsford, Massachusetts/Chelmsford) finished with eight saves in the Stonehill goal. The Skyhawks held a 34-31 edge in shots for the contest, converting 5-of-10 free-position shot attempts.

Merrimack battled its way back from an early three-goal deficit, scoring five-straight goals to grab a 6-4 lead after junior Bridget Schofield's (Littleton, Massachusetts/Littleton) eighth goal of the season with 8:30 remaining in the first half. Stonehill scored three of the last four goals in the frame to force a 7-7 halftime deadlock after Shannahan's second of the game with 1:48 remaining.

Merrimack surged out of the intermission by scoring the first five goals of the half in the opening nine minutes to start an 8-1 run that produced a 15-8 lead after Feminella's second goal of the run with 14:32 to play. Feminella and Bartlett each had two goals and an assist during the 8-1 run, while DaCosta dished two assists and Colletti had a goal and assist.

Pleshaw stopped the run with her fifth goal of the day with 8:53 to play, but Bartlett answered just 39-seconds later with her 14th goal of the year, assisted by Feminella, and then Colletti stretched the Warriors lead to eight (17-9) with her ninth of the season a minute after that. Kelly Healey and Feminella traded goals in the closing four minutes to produce the final score line.  

Stonehill (2-1, 1-1 NE10) is off until next Tuesday, March 13, when it hosts Southern New Hampshire University for an NE10 clash at 7 p.m. Merrimack (3-1, 1-0 NE10) hosts No. 2-ranked Adelphi University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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