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Bulldogs host Merrimack on Wednesday



SMITHFIELD, RI – The Bryant University women’s lacrosse team begin their three-game home streak on Wednesday, April 21 at 3 p.m., welcoming Merrimack to Beirne Stadium.

THE DATA
Opponent:
Merrimack
Date and time:
Wednesday, April 21 – 3 p.m.
Location:
Beirne Stadium (Smithfield, RI)
Live Statistics:
Presto Statistics
Watch live:
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THE SERIES

  • The 2021 season is the first season Merrimack and Bryant have met in their time in Division I. The Bulldogs first met earlier this season on March 31, 18-10.
  • During the Division II days of both teams, Merrimack held the series record, 6-4, making the all-time series mark, 6-5, in Merrimack’s favor.

SCOUTING THE WARRIORS

  • Merrimack has an overall record of 2-8 with a score of 2-6 in the NEC game. The Warriors opened the NEC schedule with a win over Saint Francis, 14-10, but followed the brace with a seven-game losing streak. However, the Warriors ended the losing streak and will enter Wednesday’s game after a 19-10 triumph at Central Connecticut last Saturday.
  • Senior Meghan Dzialo leads the Warriors with 38 goals this year and she scored five against the Bulldogs earlier this year. In seven of Merrimack’s ten games this season, Dzialo has scored at least three goals. The senior also leads the team with 17 balls on the ground and 31 toss checks.
  • Senior Kelsey Daly is one of Merrimack’s best defenders as she leads with 13 induced turnovers in 10 games. Daly caused a season-high three in consecutive games, first against Bryant and later against LIU.
  • Merrimack shows three goalkeepers in their lineup who have all posted minutes this season. Senior Gabby Cacciola has started in seven games this season and has played a full 60 minutes in five, including the Warriors’ last two games. Cacciola has a 15.26 goals against average and 0.404 save percentage.
  • Cacciola didn’t play against the Bulldogs earlier this year, as it was freshman Sam Preston who played a full 60 minutes between the pipes. Presto stopped a career-high 12 against Bryant but allowed 18 goals.

BULLDOGS NOTES AND NOTABLES

  • Bryant is in the critical moment when it comes to the NEC playoffs. The Bulldogs are currently tied for fourth with Saint Francis, with both teams posting a conference record of 4-5. Mount St. Mary’s are the only NEC team to have landed a playoff berth as the top four teams advance to the NEC playoffs.
  • Sophomore Skylar Simmonds got a NEC Prime Performer nod after counting her third consecutive multi-goal performance with five goals at Sacred Heart. Simmonds is now tied for second with Devon Bolen as the team’s top scorer.
  • Senior Caitlin Bolen leads Bryant with 22 goals this season and is third in the conference with an average of 2.75 goals per game. Most recently, Bolen scored two goals on six shots at the Sacré-CÅ“ur.
  • Rookie Chamberlaine Bell had a breakout game at Sacred Heart last Saturday as she scored three goals and an assist.
  • The Bulldogs lead the conference in draw checks per game (14.00) thanks in part to Megan McCarthy leading the team with 27. McCarthy led to Sacred Heart with six and is seventh in the NEC with 3.38 checks. draw per match.
  • Bryant also puts in the most shots on goals in the NEC as black and gold rank 11e nationally in this category. Alexa Weber and Caitlin Bolen lead the Bulldogs as Bolen ranks fifth with 4.38 shots on goal per game, followed by Weber with 3.62 who ranks 11e.
  • Gabriella Henry made her way into the NEC’s top three in ground balls per game with 2.71. Henry picked up three at Sacred Heart and has 19 over the year. Henry also leads the defense with 10 turnovers caused so far this season.