March 27, 2012

Strachan Scores Five in Merrimack Win over American International

from press release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –  The No. 11 Merrimack women's lacrosse team defeated American International 19-8 on Tuesday night. The Warriors had five players score at least three goals in the game.

"Today was a much needed win," said head coach Corinne Baker. "All conference games are big and this team has some good shooters, we worked hard to minimize their looks on the cage while also keeping a focus on our attacks. Everyone contributed in this winning effort."

Colleen Strachan (Bedford, Mass.) led all players with five goals and one assist on the afternoon.  Sophomore Olivia Huie (Norwell, Mass.) chipped in with four goals and one assist while Jenn Pino (North Andover, Mass.), Alicia Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) andTyler Szymanski (Framingham, Mass.) each recorded three goals.

The Warriors started off fast with the first two goals of the game coming from Pino off of a free position attempt and Strachan recorded her 16th of the season with 27:42 showing on the first half clock. The Yellow Jackets would respond with a goal of their own just over four minutes later to make the score 2-1 in favor of Merrimack.

The Warriors would pour it on right after AIC scored their first goal, going on a 9-0 run over the following 15 minutes of action. Huie connected on back-to-back goals to make the score 7-1 Merrimack. Szymanski scored three of the Warriors goals during the run to push the game out of the Yellow Jackets hands.

The Warriors would close out the opening half with three straight goals to make the score 14-2 in favor of the Warriors. Merrimack held the advantage in shots in the first half 26-8 and were successful on 7-11 clear attempts.

The Yellow Jackets opened up the second half with the first goal before Strachan quickly answered for the Warriors after a nice pass from Tinsley, making the score 15-3 in favor of the Warriors. AIC responded with two goals of their own less than two minutes later.

The Warriors however would respond with four straight goals to put the game away. Two goals by Pino and goals by Strachan and Tinsley would close out the scoring for the Warriors.

AIC would score the final three goals of the game to give Merrimack the 19-8 victory.  Merrimack held the advantage in shots 37-20 for the game and was successful on 10-15 clear attempts.

Sam Kiesel (Andover, Mass.) started between the pipes for the Warriors and performed will in her first start making eight saves in the win.  Nicole Sawula made 11 saves for the Yellow Jackets in the defeat.

Merrimack (3-3, 3-2 NE-10) stays on the road Saturday for a showdown with #1 Le Moyne at 3:00 pm.

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