Pollard Leads Fifth-Ranked Le Moyne Over Merrimack

Syracuse, N.Y. Freshman midfielder Amari Pollard (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) scored three times as fifth-ranked Le Moyne recorded a 14-3 win over Merrimack on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Field.

The Dolphins took control of the game early with four goals over the opening seven minutes of action. Senior midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) started the game's scoring by converting a free-position shot at the 28:17 mark for her 13th goal of the season.

Just 43 seconds later, Pollard netted her first goal of the contest. Following a failed clear attempt by the Warriors, senior attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) scored in transition off a pass from junior attacker Julia Suriani (Buffalo, N.Y./West Seneca East) with 25:07 remaining. Junior midfielder Anna Daucher (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) put the Dolphins up by four with an unassisted goal with 23:02 to play in the first half.

Following four and one-half minutes of scoreless play, during which time Merrimack goalkeeper Inna Hedden made four saves, the Dolphins extended their lead to six with two goals in 2:24. Sophomore attacker Mary Fadden (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) finished off a feed from junior attacker Sam Yaro (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) with 18:30 left, while junior attacker Catie McKay (Penfield, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) found the back of the net with 16:06 remaining off a pass from Suriani.

After a failed clear attempt by the Dolphins, Merrimack got on the scoreboard as Megan Fero tallied her sixth goal of the season off a pass from Claire Blomberg with 13:44 remaining.

Le Moyne pushed its lead to 9-1 with three goals in a stretch of four minutes. Pollard recorded an unassisted tally with 7:56 remaining. Off the ensuing draw control, sophomore attacker Maggie Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) picked up the loose ball and fed sophomore attacker Claire Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker), who then found Yaro for her 10th goal of the campaign. Fadden completed her team's scoring in the half with an unassisted goal with 3:55 left.

Kelly Metzger pulled the Warriors within 9-2 at halftime by converting a free-position shot with 3:05 remaining.

The Dolphins scored the first four goals of the second half to take a double-digit lead. Following 10 minutes of scoreless play, Claire Monnat snuck a shot into the top left corner of the goal from the crease off a restart. Yaro followed with a free-position goal from the right side with 15:18 remaining. Graduate student attacker Marley Ciferri (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca/Syracuse) earned the assist on Le Moyne's next two goals. She fed Pollard for her eighth goal of the year with 13:29 left. Just over five minutes later, she picked up a ground ball on a failed clear attempt by the Warriors and then found junior midfielder Laura Hoffman (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) in transition for her fourth goal of the season.

Shealyn Anthony netted Merrimack's third goal of the game with 6:33 remaining, while McKay finished off the scoring in the game with an unassisted goal with 5:13 to play.

Freshman goalkeeper Christina Humbert (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) recorded three saves to pick up her fifth straight win between the pipes. Hedden finished the game with 16 saves for the Warriors. The Dolphins recorded a 39-9 advantage in shots, while winning 13 of the 19 draw controls.

Le Moyne (6-1, 3-0 NE-10), which has allowed just 3.67 goals per game in its three NE-10 victories, returns to action on Saturday, March 29 at Southern New Hampshire at 4:00 p.m.

2014-03-22



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