Union College forward Nicole Merigliano sparked a comeback from a 3-0 deficit with four straight goals as the Dutchwomen edged St. Lawrence 6-5 in a wild Liberty League field hockey game in Schenectady on Friday.
The Saints were seemingly in command when Lizzy Saward scored from Ali Ferenczy 26:47 into the game to take a 3-0 lead, but Merigliano scored three times in a span of 1:20 late in the first half to tie it at 3-3 at the intermission and then put Union in front 5:01 into the second half with her fourth of the game. Union took a 5-3 lead eight minutes later and while the Saints twice closed to within a goal, they could not tie the game.
SLU jumped out quickly as Ferenczy scored her second of the year, putting away a pass from Saward 5:19 into the game. Senior Kate Higgins made it a 2-0 game on a sweeping shot through a crowd and inside the far post at 12:52 and Saward tipped Ferenczy's drive on a penalty corner at 26:47 for the 3-0 Saint lead.
Merigliano took care of that in short order, scoring her first of the game at 32:45, putting her own rebound back past Saint goalie Nicole Matos. Merigliano scored again from close range 53 seconds later to make it a 3-2 game and tied it just 27 seconds after that on a backhander from 15 yards out.
Merigliano put Union in front at the 40:01 mark with her fourth straight and 11th of the year from eight yards out and Maggie Ferrari gave the Dutchwomen a two-goal lead at 47:53.
Samantha Habb scored her second of the year from in tight off a Ferenczy feed at 42:05 to cut the lead to 5-4, but Allison Troy scored from Ferrari through traffic at 59:01 to make it a 6-4 game. Grace O'Neil scored her second of the season through a tangle of players with 8:41 to play in regulation, but the Saints couldn't complete the comeback.
Matos finished with 11 saves for the Saints while Molly McCune made eight saves for Union. Union outshot the Saints 25-22, but the Saints had a 10-8 edge in corners.
SLU, now 3-7 overall and 1-2 in the Liberty League plays at Vassar on Saturday.