#3 Field Hockey falls at Merrimack, 4-1

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The #3 Saint Anselm College field hockey team had their seven game winning-streak snapped at the hands of Merrimack College as the Warriors handed the Hawks a 4-1 setback on Saturday afternoon in North Andover, Mass.

Box Score

The Hawks wrap up the regular season at 15-3 overall and 10-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference, securing the first Regular Season Championship in program history while earning the school's first #1 seed in the postseason in field hockey. Merrimack picks up its fourth-straight win to move to 8-7 and 8-4 in league games.

Rose Mooney gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute of play as Erin Collins fed the ball into Mooney and she fired home from 15 yards out and into the cage for the early one goal advantage.

Merrimack answered nearly eight minutes later as they came downfield on an odd-man rush and Mary McNeil beat Katherine Sears to make it a 1-1 game. The Warriors nearly took a one-goal lead into the half, but Jennifer Brown was there for the defensive save to preserve the stalemate headed into the break.

Out of the half, Merrimack jumped on top 2-1 as Taylor Simpson tipped home a shot from Mary McNeil on the back post to put the home team ahead. They extended their lead to 3-1 as Rylie Hammond entered the scoring column as she scored of a shot from Nicole Bradley that had hit the post.

Lauren Folchetti had a chance for the Hawks in the 58th minute as she took a shot that was destined for the back of the cage, but Merrimack's Delaney Yule was there for a defensive save that led to the Hawks earning a penalty stroke. Zoe Griffin stepped to the line and fired on goal, but the shot sailed wide and the score remained 3-1.

Emma Kincaid had another chance for Saint Anselm a minute later, but Katharina Ohmen was there for the stop to preserve the 3-1 lead for the Warriors.

Merrimack would add one more goal when Hammond slammed home a rebound off a shot from Taylor Simpson to give the game its final score of 4-1.

The Warriors held a 17-9 advantage in shots in the game and took eight penalty corners to just three for Saint Anselm. Katherine Sears made five saves in goal for the Hawks, with Brown adding a defensive save.

The Hawks return to action next Friday when they host an NE-10 Semifinal game at 4 p.m. at Grappone Stadium with their opponent to be determined.

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