Field Hockey Defeats Merrimack 4-0 at Home

Field Hockey Defeats Merrimack 4-0 at Home

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University field hockey team defeated NEC-foe Merrimack at home, 4-0, Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field. Makenna Crawford, Bridget Kelly, Kayla Kruk and Bridget LaRiccia tallied a goal apiece, while goalkeeper Hailey Power tallied 11 saves en route to the third shutout of her career.

With the win, the Pioneers improve to 2-11 on the season and 1-1 in the NEC, while the Warriors fall to 2-10 on the season with the loss and 1-2 in the NEC. SHU will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 18 when the Pioneers play host to Bryant at 7 p.m. at Johnson Field.


First Quarter

  • (6:19): Makenna Crawford corralled a loose ball in front of the net and put it home to put SHU up 1-0 

Third Quarter 

  • (43:08): Off the penalty insert, Kelsy Hopkins shuffled a pass to Bridget Kelly, who fired the one-timer home for the goal

  • (43:36): Marlena Koellner got loose on a breakaway and fed Kayla Kruk in the circle, who put it past the keeper to put the Pioneers up 3-0

Fourth Quarter

  • (53:54): Bridget LaRiccia corralled a loose ball and shot it into the back of the net for the goal

By The Numbers

  • The Pioneers outshot the Warriors 15-6

  • SHU registered 13 shots on goal compared to five for Merrimack

  • Makenna Crawford scored a goal in the contest

  • Crawford's goal was her second on the season, which ties her for second-most on the team

  • Bridget Kelly scored her first goal of the season in the win

  • Kayla Kruk scored her second goal of the season in the win, which ties her for second-most on the team

  • Bridget LaRiccia's goal was her third of the season

  • LaRiccia's three goals ties Colleen McAninley for the team lead

  • LaRiccia's seven points on the season is tied for the team lead with McAninley as well

  • Hailey Power made four saves in the shutout effort

  • The shutout was the third of Power's career

  • Kelly recorded a defensive save in the win

  • Kelly's 11 defensive saves on the season leads the nation

  • Marlena Koellner and Kelsy Hopkins recorded an assist apiece in the win

  • SHU generated eight penalty corners, while Merrimack registered seven