NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior Caitlin Bolen posted a career-high seven goals and junior Emily Diaz broke the Division I single-game assist record with eight, as the Bryant University women's lacrosse team topped Merrimack, 18-10, on Wednesday afternoon.
Bryant 18, Merrimack 10
Records: Bryant (2-2, 2-2) | Merrimack (1-7, 1-5)
Location: Duane Field (North Andover, Mass.)
COACH ROCHE COMMENTS
"We played a team offense today. I was happy to see so many assisted goals and was impressed with several our upperclassman's contributions, including Emily Diaz and Caitlin Bolen in particular. We have some things to clean up in the midfield and on defense, but overall, today was a solid team win."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Bryant jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead, scoring the first five goals within the first ten minutes of play.
- Merrimack's Meghan Dzialo netted two-straight within a minute of each other, but Cassidy Burns responded with a goal of her own to make it 7-3 in Bryant's favor.
- The two teams traded goals in the final ten minutes, and Bryant entered halftime with a four-goal lead, 9-5.
- Emma Lindquist opened the second half with a goal thanks to an assist from Emily Diaz. But the Warriors answered with a 3-1 run to pull within three, 11-8.
- Just one minute later, Burns sparked a 5-0 run for the Bulldogs, 16-8.
- Merrimack and Bryant each traded a pair of goals before the final buzzer, 18-10.
- Bolen led the offense with a career-high seven goals. She finished the game with 13 shots, 11 on goal, one groundball, one draw control, and two caused turnovers.
- Lindquist and Diaz each posted three goals each. The stat marked a career-best for Lindquist.
- Burns finished the game with two goals, a game-high of four assists, three shots, two groundballs, and seven draw controls.
- Skylar Simmonds, Devon Bolen, and Alexa Weber, each netted one goal.
- Giana Kapoosuzian played the full 60 minutes in goal for the Black and Gold. She tallied 13 saves.
- Megan McCarthy led with six groundballs.
- Diaz posted a career-best eight assists. The mark breaks Bryant's Division I single-game record. The record was previously held by Allison Faiola who notched seven at Saint Francis U in 2009.
The Bulldogs head to Long Island on Saturday, April 3 to take on LIU at 12 p.m.