Purple Knights Fall to No. 12 Merrimack

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's continued its stretch through nationally-ranked teams, as they faced their fourth consecutive team ranked by the IWLCA on Wednesday, falling to No. 12 Merrimack College, 14-4, on Duffty Field.

The Purple Knights are now 3-9 overall and 1-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Warriors, who have made it to the last three NE-10 Tournament semifinals, are ranked 12th nationally according to the IWLCA and improve to 6-7 and 6-5.

Senior Eliza Scoba (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) led the Purple Knights with one goal and one assist, putting her just two goals away from reaching 100 for her career. Junior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset), sophomore Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and freshman Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) each added one marker.

Sophomore Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) scooped up five ground balls and caused two turnovers. Senior Sandy Palumbo (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) made 16 saves and picked up five ground balls for the hosts, while keeping the Warriors to just 2 of 11 on free position shots.

Senior Mary Pasquantonio (Plainville, Mass./King Philip Regional) led the Warriors with three tallies and two assists, while classmate Alicia Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) netted a hat trick as well. Three other players scored two goals apiece for Merrimack, while two Warriors added one marker each. Junior Sam Kiesel (Andover, Mass./Andover) stopped seven shots and scooped up four ground balls.

Mahoney gave the Purple Knights a 1-0 lead at 27:52 of the opening half, before the Warriors responded less than a minute later and netted eight straight goals to take a commanding 8-1 lead with 4:12 remaining in the half.

The Purple Knights got on the board at 27:12 of the second half when Beardsley found the back of the net, before Martin cut the lead to five with 21:49 remaining in the contest.

Saint Michael's kept the Warriors off the board for the first 15:45 of the half, but Merrimack notched the next six goals to extend its lead to 11 goals before Scoba tallied her 98th career goal with eight seconds left.

The Purple Knights host the University of New Haven on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.


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