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Bulldogs fall to Merrimack, 2-1, in double overtime

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BOSTON, Mass. – In the conference opener, the Bryant University field hockey team fell to Merrimack, 2-1, in double overtime.

Freshman Taryn Rauff (Johannesburg, South Africa) netted her third collegiate goal in the second quarter to give Bryant its initial lead.

Merrimack 2, Bryant 1
Records: Bryant (1-10, 0-1), Merrimack (2-7, 1-0)
Location: New Balance Field


 "We played really well and had many opportunities that we just couldn't convert. But there were plenty of positives to take away from tonight's game."


  • Less than a minute into the second overtime, Merrimack fired the ball into the cage for the game-winning goal.


  • 26' – Rauff picked up her third goal of the season to give the Bulldogs the lead in the second quarter, 1-0.
  • 44' – During Merrimack's first penalty corner of the game, Wilma Neumann fired a shot at Marijn Jaarsma (Uithoorn, Netherlands) who deflected the ball away from the goal. Morgan Chase picked up the deflection and tapped it in to even the score, 1-1.
  • 70' – Merrimack's Jessica Palmer strikes the ball into the back of the cage just 55 seconds into the second overtime to give the Warriors the win, 2-1.


  • Rauff netted her third collegiate goal and posted four shots that were all on target.
  • Junior Aisling Madden (Leeds, Yorkshire, England) led the Black and Gold with five shots and three on frame.
  • Ally Burdick (Cambridge, N.Y.), Isa Oldekamp (Rotterdam, Netherlands), and Eva Bazen (The Hague, Netherlands) each fired three shots while Kylie Nelson and Madison Demand tallied two.
  • Jaarsma stopped three while in between the posts.
  • Bryant outshot the Warriors, 22-6, marking the most shots the Bulldogs fired in a game since 2016 when Bryant tallied 33 at LIU Brooklyn.
  • Tonight marked the third game this season that the Bulldogs have taken into extra time. 
  • The Bulldogs took a season-best eight penalty corners.
  • Bryant continues to hold the all-time series record, 6-3.

The Bulldogs take a break from NEC play when they host Lafayette this Sunday, Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. at Goldberger Family Field on the campus of Brown University.