Dion, Merrimack top Holy Family
Warriors advance in penalty kicks 5-3 and face familiar foe
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Merrimack advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, defeating Holy Family in penalty kicks (5-3) Friday afternoon after the teams were tied at 1-1 following 110 minutes of play.
With the win, Merrimack (17-3-1) will take on Saint Rose in Albany in a rematch of the Northeast-10 championship won by Saint Rose Nov. 6. The Warriors are the third seed in the east region, while the Golden Knights are second.
All five Warriors scored on their penalty kicks, including Danielle Dion, who finished with the fifth and final tally. Goaltender Kiley Horne stopped Melissa Benson on Holy Family's third attempt.
Merrimack trailed 1-0 early but tied it on an own goal early in the second half. Merrimack is in its fourth NCAA tournament in six years.
The Golden Knights have only lost two matches to conference foes in the last four years, both to Merrimack, including a 3-0 defeat on Oct. 15.