Assumption led to win against No. 6 Merrimack by freshman Beatrice
North Andover, Mass. -- Assumption jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second half and held off No. 6 Merrimack as the Hounds stunned the Warriors by a 2-1 final on Wednesday at Warrior Field.
Maria Beatrice put the Hounds on the board at the 12:06 mark as she deflected home a shot from Kiley Colucci for her seventh goal of the season and the 1-0 lead. Beatrice has now scored in seven consecutive games, tying a 14-year Assumption school record set by Julie Lane in 1998. She also has 15 shots this season, with all 15 coming on goal.
The Hounds extended the lead out to 2-0 5:17 into the second half as Paige Anderson took a pass from Colucci and converted her seventh goal of the year to put Assumption in control.
Merrimack cut the lead in half as April Daugherty tallied her eighth goal of the season at the 50:11 mark, taking advantage of an Assumption turnover.
The Assumption defense, led by a seven-save effort from Lauren Neilan, kept the Warriors off the board for the team’s biggest win in over a decade. Kerri Bergquist had four saves for Merrimack as they lost for just the second time this season.
With the win, the Hounds now sit at 5-5-1 overall and 4-1 in the Northeast-10, while the Warriors fall to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.