Lance Hill ’15
Students, alumni, staff and members of the Merrimack Community came together this past weekend to embrace their Warrior pride during Homecoming Weekend.
The festivities began Friday October 17th with Merrimack’s field hockey team playing against American International College. After a close game, Merrimack won 3-2, with the winning goal scored by junior Sydney Bowker. Following the field hockey game was the annual Mr. Merrimack competition that showcased seven male students in a glorified beauty pageant.
On Saturday October 18th, campus sorority Zeta Tau Alpha put together their very first Think Pink 5K Run in honor of breast cancer awareness month. They had over 100 participants and raised over $1,000 dollars for their breast cancer philanthropy.
The Sakowich parking lot turned into a tailgating frenzy on Saturday morning, as Merrimack alumni from years passed joined current students and their families in a full blown parking lot party. People everywhere were grilling up tasty treats, drinking and sharing their favorite Merrimack memories. The tailgate was hard to ignore as Merrimack provided a D.J. who kept everyone entertained with music and prizes throughout the day.
The tailgate wasn’t just fun for the adults. A “Carnival Fun Zone” that consisted of inflatables, rides and face painting was stationed nearby the parking lot to ensure the little Warriors enjoyed their homecoming experience.
This tailgating frenzy led to the anticipation of the football game that was to take place against Assumption College. Unfortunately, Merrimack’s football team fell short, taking a 41–13 loss.
Following the football game was Merrimack soccer, playing against the University of New Haven. Merrimack won 1-0, with a header from junior Douglas Searl in the second half of the game.
The hockey team took on the University of Connecticut later that night, and was victorious in an intense 2-1 win in overtime. UConn scored their goal in the first period, leaving the score to be 1-0 for almost the whole game. However, Merrimack College came back with about thirty seconds left in the third period. Freshman Brett Seney scored this goal, allowing for the game to go into overtime. Midway through overtime, sophomore Hampus Gustafsson scored the winning goal, leading to a victory against UConn.
After a jam packed weekend of fun the Sakowich parking lot transformed once again on Sunday morning. The lot filled up with model cars that were being displayed as part of the annual car show. There were both classics and new school cars, with over 100 antiques on display.
Homecoming 2014 definitely lived up to its reputation of being one of the greatest weekends at Merrimack College.The event continues to grow each year as the class sizes expand, and more alumni return back to campus to enjoy the festivities, coming back to the place they once called home.