Assumption 1, Merrimack 0



RINDGE, N.H. -- Freshman Kim Sullivan (Natick, MA) netted the contests lone goal in the 71st minute of play to lift second seeded Assumption, No. 21 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, to a 1-0 victory over third-seeded Merrimack, No. 13 in the NSCAA poll, in the First Round of the NCAA Division II New England Regional.

Junior Erin Faucher (N. Grosvernordale, CT) crossed a ball to the top of the penalty area, finding Sullivan all by herself. She then headed the ball to her feet and placed a shot in the far top corner, beating freshman Shannon Rowan (Fair Haven, NJ).

The Warriors (15-5-1) were not without chances in the first half of play. Freshman Hillary McGarr (North Dighton, MA) collected a loose ball just outside the penalty area and took a low shot that freshman Lauren Matysiak (Holden, MA) had to make a diving save on in the seventh minute of play. Merrimack held a 4-3 shot advantage in the first 45 minutes of play.

The Warriors had the best chance to score in the second half as senior Laurie Lamoureux (Leicester, MA) had the ball on her foot and passed it back to the top of the box to sophomore Laura Asbell (Tacoma, WA), who was wide open, and blasted a shot over the net in the 59th minute. Faucher then collected a loose ball in the crease after a misplay by Rowan. Facuher then tipped the ball toward the end line, but senior Kelly Laprade (Spencer, MA) stopped Faucher with a sliding tackle that sent the ball over the end line. Junior Andrea Marcoccio (Warwick, RI) took the ensuing corner kick and found the head of sophomore Holly McGrath (Naugatuck, CT), whose shot was stopped by Rowan on the goal line.

Merrimack had its last gasp to tie the score off a free kick. Sophomore Kim Costanzo (East Norwich, NY) chipped the ball over the wall to Lamoureux who could not control the ball as it went over the end line, ending the Warriors chances to score.

Matysiak made four saves in net for the Greyhounds, posting her 11th shutout of the season. Rowan stopped six shots for the Warriors, who have not scored a goal in the NCAA Tournament since a 2-1-overtime loss to Franklin Pierce on November 16, 2002.

-- Courtesy Merrimack