John Smyth, Staff Writer
The Merrimack women’s lacrosse team is ranked fourth preseason in the NE-10.
The Lady Warriors finished 12-7 in the 2011 regular season.
When asking Corrine Baker, head coach for the Warriors, what opponents she looked forward to playing this season, she replied, “In regards to a rivalry, we’ve had a longstanding battle with Stonehill. They escaped here last year having won by a goal with some shaky last few minutes. Our girls are pretty fired up to play them. We’ve never beaten them.”
The team has its two leading scores coming back this season. Senior captains Colleen Strachan and Mary Pasquantonio look to continue their success heading into their final season.
Baker is also expecting a big year from juniors Jenn Pino and Kristin Elliott, she said.
“Jenn is expected to have a breakout season, even though she in rehabbing from a injury last year that required surgery,” said Baker. “Elliott is a big part of our low defense” as well as “Inna Hedded in returning in between the pipes.”
The Warriors are also looking to freshman Giulia Palombo to help them out at the midfield.
Merrimack starts off its season facing St. Anselm College at Warrior field on March 10.