No. 5 Merrimack 4, No. 8 Bentley 3 (OT)

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Sophomore midfielder Christine Zubkus buried a loose rebound a little more than five minutes into the first overtime session to lift No. 5 Merrimack to a 4-3 road victory against No. 8 Bentley to open the season.

After allowing host Bentley to tie the contest at three with three minutes to play in regulation, Merrimack soared out of the gate in the sudden-death overtime session, reeling off three shot attempts during the first four minutes.

Then, in the 76th minute of the contest, senior Jessica Otis put a shot on net that Bentley netminder Katie Kelley turned aside. But waiting to pounce was Zubkus, who had already assisted on Merrimack's third goal of the game, and the sophomore midfielder buried the loose ball into the boards to send the Warriors off in walk-off fashion.

Merrimack opened the contest with a goal from sophomore Katrina Squeri, who put the visitors ahead just 4:06 into the game after deflecting a shot from Otis.

Freshman Hannah Magerman made it a two-goal with her first collegiate marker at 19:55, scoring on a scramble in front of the net.

Bentley closed out the half with a Leah Winer tally, bringing the hosts to within a goal at the intermission.

Meghan Talerman tied up the match 12 minutes into the second half on an unassisted strike, but senior Candace Waldie responded seven minutes later to push the Warriors on top, 3-2, on a feed from Zubkus.

Becca Moore provided late heroics for the hosts with the game-tying strike with exactly three minutes to go, taking a feed from Sally James on a scramble following a penalty corner to send the game to overtime.

Zubkus won it for the visitors on a rebound at 75:26, completing a three-point night for her.