April 30, 2011

No. 8 C.W. Post Dispatches Merrimack

from press release

– The 13th-ranked Merrimack women's lacrosse team fell to #8 C.W. Post 16-8 Saturday morning in non-conference action.

Merrimack (11-6, 8-4 NE-10) finishes fourth in the Northeast-10 and will host a quarterfinal game on Wednesday, May 4, likely against New Haven in a rematch of last year's quarterfinals won by Merrimack at 4 p.m. The winner will take on #1 Adelphi on Saturday in the semifinals.

The Warriors managed just one goal, by Jen Pino (North Andover, MA) in the first 22:13 of the game, falling behind 4-1 before Liz Greeley (Norwood, MA) set up Mary Pasquantonio (Plainville, MA) for her 44th of the season. Pasquantonio would add her 45th moments later on a free-position shot, but the Pioneers took a 6-3 lead at halftime.

Two early tallies by C.W. Post in the first 2:04 of the second half gave the hosts the five-goal lead, and the eight-ranked Pioneers held on from there, sending Merrimack to its first loss in four games.

Six different Warriors picked up goals, but only Pasquantonio, with three, registered a multi-goal effort. Tyler Szymanski (Framingham, MA) had a goal and an assist, while Nicole Moran (Pembroke, MA) added a free-position tally.

Colleen Strachan (Bedford, MA), Merrimack's leading scorer was held without a point for the first time all year.

Inna Hedden (Woodbine, MD) made 12 stops in net in the losing effort, while Liz Lyons (Westwood, MA) totaled a team-best five ground balls.

The game was marred by 49 turnovers, 28 by the Pioneers, who won 19 of 26 draw controls.

Jackie Sileo led C.W. Post with two goals and six assists, while Abigail Ross and Lauren Spagnoletta scored four each.

"We had too many costly turnovers on our offensive end and it proved to be our biggest foe as we possessed the ball for more minutes than they did, but we were unable to execute," said head coach Corinne Baker. "We need to regroup before our tough competition in the playoffs."

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