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Year in Review

Mathew Galavo ’17

Sports Editor

Year in Review: Merrimack Athletics

As the year comes to a close so does the sports calendar. Students athletes are hanging up their

equipment for the long summer ahead while others prepare for the rigors of a hard offseason of

training. Merrimack has seen many of it’s athletic teams excel this year with many of it’s teams

making the playoff and even an appearance in the NCAA tournament. The athletic calendar started

off with a bang after each fall sport proved just how good they can be. Each sport from soccer to

field hockey were injected with youth up and down their roster. The youth has greatly helped each

team achieve their main goal, winning.

Men’s Soccer:

The men’s soccer team had it’s most historic year to date. The team went 15­5­2 during the season

and were towards the top of the NE­10 conference. The road wasn’t a friendly place for the

Warriors as they struggled midway through the year before finishing with six wins on the road

improving their road record to 6­-3-­1. The Warriors entered the NE­10 playoffs and went all the

way to the conference semifinals before losing to Southern Connecticut. The team was picked to

enter the NCAA tournament and won their first two games before losing to rival LIU­Post in the

Sweet 16 2-­0. The team took a huge step this season going all the way to the NCAA tournament

for the first time in school history. The experience gained will go a long way into the future of this.

Women’s Soccer:

The women’s soccer team had a bit of a roller coaster season. The team brought in 13 freshmen

and were one of the youngest teams in recent program history. The first half of the season was kind

to the Warriors with the team winning five out of their first including wins against rival LeMoyne

(2-­1), and Bloomfield (7-­0). The second half of the season was a different story. The month of

October only saw the Warriors capture two wins in their final ten games. The season ended with

Merrimack posting a 7­-9­-2 record and saw them miss the NE­10 playoffs. One bright spot on the

season for the Warriors was the play of junior Jenna Savi. Savi recorded six goals, 8 assists, that

was good for 20 points on the year. Savi lead her team in each of the major offensive catagories.

With a youthful team like this one the future looks bright for the women’s soccer team.

Field Hockey:

The field hockey team at Merrimack has been one of the most successful teams in the last handful

of years with three final four appearances in the last four seasons. This year was different. As

many of the programs on campus the field hockey team saw five incoming freshmen to their roster.

The season started off well with the team winning five games in the month of September. October

was a little rocky with the Warriors tallying three wins in seven games. The field hockey team

finished with a 9­-8 record while just missing the playoffs. The freshmen core on this squad that

really helped this team tremendously. Taylor Simpson (freshmen) lead the team in scoring with 34

points (15 goals, 4 assists). Rylee Hammond also helped spark the offense with 18 points (6 goals,

6 assists). The future of this team looks bright with the mix of veteran leadership and youthful.

Cross Country:

The cross country team was injected with a great amount of youth this season. Both the men and

women’s team saw many new faces this fall. On the men’s side, Luis Cruz, Evan Vadernais were

some of the top runners for the men along with Phil Harris and James Wegman. For the women,

Kristin Schmidt, Claire Aalerud, Kylie Reardon, and Randa Griffin were some of the top runners

for the women’s side. The team finished 6th in the NE­10 and 7th in the region.

Volleyball:

The women’s volleyball team was once again back in the NE­10 conference playoffs. This was the

second straight season the Warriors saw themselves in the postseason. The season started off

strongly with Merrimack winning eight out of their first ten matches. The month of October wasn’t

as friendly with the Warriors going 5-­5 during that month. The team went a perfect 4­-0 to finish

off the regular season slate. Unlike the year before, the Warriors weren’t able to get back to the

conference final as they were defeated by Bentley three sets to two. Senior Stephanie Sheehan lead

the team in kills per set with 4.21, and kills with 396. Junior Madison Burke in digs per set with

4.62 and digs with 434. With many underclassmen still remaining on the roster, the women’s

volleyball team will look to continue it’s recent success in the coming years.

Men’s Hockey:

After a struggle filled 2013 campaign, the Merrimack men’s hockey team turned it up a notch in

2014. With 10 new freshmen added to their lineup, it was youth that helped the Warriors excel this

season. The year started off well with the Warriors getting 10 wins in the first 15 games. The

ladder half of the regular season schedule went in a different direction when the team was only

able to pick up four wins in the final two months of the regular season, and finished with a record

of 16­-18­-2. The team entered the playoffs with Northeastern as their first round opponent. After

two games the team found themselves in the Hockey East Quarterfinals against one of the nations

top teams in Boston University. The series didn’t go the way the team had wished as they were

swept 2-­0. The year was highlighted by freshman Brett Seney who lead the team in points with 26

and was tied for second in goals with 11. Senior goalie Rasmus Tirronen had a stellar campaign

with a record of 12­-14-­3 and recorded the record for single­ season save percentage with (.929).

The team will look to continue improving in the next few years.

Men’s Basketball:

The men’s basketball team took a step in the right direction in ‘14­’15. They made the playoffs for

the first time in the last three seasons. After the midway point of the season, the team found

themselves with a record of 6­-6. Once the month of January the Warriors went on a tear and

finished the season with a record of 16-­12. After three years of waiting the team was ready to get

back into playoff action. The Warriors took on New Haven in the opening round, and too the game

with a final score of 79­-63. The second round of the NE­10 didn’t come with a winning result as

the team lost by a score of 97-­65 to Southern New Hampshire. The team will look to build on this

season and become a much stronger group in the coming years.

Women’s Basketball:

The women’s basketball team had an up and down year but were able to get into to the NE­10

conference playoffs for the third straight year. The team went 4-­3 in the month of November and

then a perfect 5­-0 in December. The Warriors struggled in the last two months of the season

winning only six games in the last two months. The NE­10 conference playoffs weren’t as planned

as the team lost by a mere three points. The ‘14-­’15 campaign was a year of ups and downs and the

team will look to return to the playoffs next fall.

Baseball: 

This spring the Merrimack baseball team is looking to get back to the NE­10 finals this season

after doing so just a year ago. The team currently stands with a record of 14­-14 and an 8-­9 record

in NE­10 play. After 28 games the team currently is batting .271 and has driven in 151 runs. The

pitching staff has been lead by senior Joe Carnevale. Carnevale has four wins which is tied for first

on the team. He has also broken the strikeout record and is chasing the wins record. The team has

six games remaining in the regular season and are chasing a spot in the conference playoff.

Softball: 

The Merrimack softball squad is currently in the hunt for a playoff spot in the NE­10 conference.

Their record currently stands at 16­-23 and 9­-12 in the NE­10 conference play. After 39 games the

team currently has a batting average of .250 and have driven in 149 runs. Haley Currie has lead the

team in wins with 6 and has had 51 strikeouts to date. With four games to go the team is looking to

make a run at the conference playoffs.

Women’s Lacrosse: 

The women’s lacrosse team has struggled this season, only capturing three wins in 16 games.

Conference play hasn’t been friendly to the Warriors as well with the team securing one win in

NE­10 play. One bright spot in the season for the Warriors has been red­shirt freshman Hunter

McCarthy who has lead the team in scoring with 36 points (28 goals, 8 assists). With a young team

the future is what the team is looking towards.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

The men’s lacrosse team has been nothing short of great this season. Through 1 games this season

Merrimack holds a record of 11­-1. Their lone loss came to rival LeMoyne just a few weeks ago.

Offensively, the team has scored 165 goals with an average of 13.75 goals per game. Max Allen

has been one of the top offensive players with 43 points (39 goals, 4 assists). The team has one

game remaining on the schedule before the conference playoffs begin.

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