Field hockey stumbles in road loss at Merrimack

Field hockey stumbles in road loss at Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team suffered a 3-1 setback at Merrimack College in Northeast-10 Conference action on Wednesday at Martone-Mejail Field. The Purple Knights slip to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the league, while the Warriors are 4-2, 1-1.

Junior Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) scored the Saint Michael's goal with an assist from classmate Kate Baltich (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker). Junior goalkeeper Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) made six saves.

Sophomore Rylie Hammond scored twice and first-year Mary McNeil netted the other Merrimack goal, while senior Lindsay Dobecki and junior Kaitlin McAuley both had assists. Senior Madison Davis stopped one shot for the win.

Merrimack churned out a pair of scores while owning a 14-2 shot advantage during the first half. McNeil started the scoring with an unassisted five-hole tally at 19:08. After a trio of Bowie saves, Hammond netted a goal at 30:41 when she deposited the ball to the lower left corner of the net. Saint Michael's managed only one shot on net in the opening half.

The Warriors kept up their offensive charge into the second stanza as they racked up three shots and three penalty corners in the opening 2:10. The hosts' fourth shot attempt found its way in at 38:39 when Hammond sent a low shot into the net for her second tally of the day. Saint Michael's then rattled off four shots before Avery broke through with a goal at 65:01 when she buried a low shot with help from Baltich. Neither squad recorded a shot before time expired.

The Purple Knights host NE-10 foe Adelphi University at 12 p.m. on Saturday.