Fifth-ranked Warriors tanks No. 10 Falcons 4-1 in first matchup
WALTHAM, Mass. – Junior defender Sarah Dunbar scored two goals and Merrimack team downed 10th-ranked Bentley, 4-1, in the first of two matchups between the two Northeast-10 Conference rivals this season.
Winners of two consecutive matches, the Warriors held a one-goal advantage early in the second half before Dunbar’s back-to-back strikes rounded out the scoring to seal the win for the visitors.
The Falcons held a 9-7 advantage in shot attempts in the first half, but Merrimack dominated the second stanza by virtue of its 11-4 lead in shots.
For the third consecutive game this season, senior goalkeeper Kerri Bergquist reached a double-digit total in saves and turned aside 10 shots to earn her second win of the season. Julia Powell managed four stops for the home side.
Senior captain Jen Otis found the back of the cage for the first time this season at 25:44 of the first half on an unassisted strike to give the Warriors an early 1-0 advantage that held until the break.
Less than 10 minutes into the second half, junior forward Candace Waldie took a pass from senior April Daugherty and beat Powell for her team-leading third goal of the season, making it 2-0 in favor of the visitors.
Beth Maguire would answer with Bentley’s only goal of the night before Dunbar responded with back-to-back goals to push Merrimack well ahead.
Dunbar redirected a shot from freshman Christine Zubkus in front of the cage to up the edge to 3-1, and less than three minutes later, Dunbar buried a loose rebound to earn her second goal, rounding out the scoring for the evening with Merrimack comfortably ahead by three.
In total, the Warriors held an 18-13 lead in shot attempts to compliment a 7-4 edge in penalty corners.