March 18, 2011

Merrimack Deals No. 10 Dowling a Setback

from press release

- Behind five-point performance by co-captain Christina McCarron (Westwood, MA), the Merrimack women's lacrosse team triumphed 12-9 over #10 Dowling Friday afternoon at Warrior Field. The Warriors raise their overall record to 3-1 while the Golden Lions endure their first loss of the season to move to 2-1 on the year. Mary Pasquantonio (Plainville, MA) recorded a hat trick to go along with McCarron's four goals and one assist for the Warriors. Nicole Moran (Pembroke, MA) added a game-high two helpers for Merrimack in the win.

Dowling pounced out to a quick 3-0 lead on a trio of tallies by Nicolle Moran.

Pasquantonio sparked a four-goal clip for the home team with her first goal of the afternoon 5:37 into the game. McCarron struck at the 8:54 mark of the first half for her first of the game to cut the deficit to 3-2.

The contest remained there until the final five minutes of the first frame as it was McCarron who netted two goals in a 2:12 span to push Merrimack ahead 4-3.

The Golden Lions knotted the score with two minutes to play in the opening stanza. The Warriors responded with a minute until halftime as Maria DeStefano (Eliot, ME) found the back of the net.

Merrimack owned a 5-4 lead at the break and a 14-13 advantage in the shots category.

Dowling tied the game at 5-5 after 2:45 of action in the second half. The Warriors regained a lead after Colleen Strachan (Bedford, MA) and Alicia Tinsley (Shrewsbury, MA) buried markers 46 seconds apart.

The visitors leveled the score with two goals to push the score to 7-7 with 22:42 remaining in the game.

Merrimack and Dowling traded tallies including a successful free position shot for both squads as the Warriors remained on top by one, 9-8.

Following a game-tying goal by the Golden Lions' Samantha Stavish, Merrimack closed out the contest with three unanswered goals to seal the victory.

Freshman goaltender Inna Hedden (Woodbine, MD) turned away 17 shots to earn her third win between the pipes.

Dowling fired 35 shots in the game while the Warriors registered 29.

Merrimack returns to action March 21 as it embarks on a three-game road trip. The Warriors will visit Limestone March 21 and Converse March 24 before resuming Northeast-10 action at New Haven.

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