Merrimack College Athletics Facilities
The Merrimack Athletics Complex (MAC) is the primary home of the Merrimack Athletic Department.
Located on the south end of the College's campus, the Merrimack Athletics Complex houses all of the Department's staff, administrators, coaches and more. In addition, the hub of Merrimack Athletics includes both Lawler Rink and Galant Arena, as well as Bert Hammel Court, the Volpe Athletic Center, all athletic department offices, varsity locker rooms the Sports Medicine and Health Sciences Center, the Academic Innovation Center, the Strength and Conditioning Center, and much more.
Thanks to the generous donation from Richard and Susanna Gallant and the Islanders Hockey Club, the MAC was expanded by 83,000 square feet over the course of 2012-13.
Thanks to its partnership with Richard and Susanna Gallant and the Islanders Hockey Club, the Merrimack Athletic Department officially opened the state-of-the-art Sports Medicine and Health Sciences Center in August of 2013.
Serving the needs of Merrimack's fastest-growing and most-popular academic track offered on campus, the brand-new facility caters to Merrimack's student-athletes, undergraduate and graduate students, interns, professors, staff and faculty members and includes advanced equipment, technology and classrooms to enchance not only the treatment of student-athletes, but the learning experience for all involved in the sports medicine, athletic training, physical therapy and health sciences field.
Thanks to its partnership with Richard and Susanna Gallant and the Islanders Hockey Club, the Merrimack Athletic Department officially opened the state-of-the-art Academic Innovation Center in August of 2013.
Sitting adjacent to the Sports Medicine and Health Sciences Center, the Academic Innovation Center brought several brand-new classrooms, faculty lounges, seminar and lecture halls and a brand-new Writers' House to the campus, allowing the College to continue to offer greater numbers of classes while maintaining its small class sizes to further enhance the student and student-athlete learning experience.
Thanks to its partnership with Richard and Susanna Gallant and the Islanders Hockey Club, the Merrimack Athletic Department officially opened its second, brand-new ice hockey rink, Gallant Arena, in late May of 2013.
Gallant Arena, accessible through either the old entry way in Schelzi Plaza, the stairwell just before the Blue Line Club, or through the new DiCroce Family Lobby, offers a state-of-the-art playing and practice venue for the Islanders Hockey Club.
One of the highlights of the 2012-13 Merrimack Athletics Complex Expansion, the brand-new Strength and Conditioning Center was opened in August of 2013.
Highlighted by a 5,000-square foot work area that includes 30 yards of synthetic turf, rolled rubber flooring and an entirely new set of state-of-the-art workout equipment, all student-athletes encompassing Merrimack’s now-24 varsity sports will now enjoy the much-needed benefits of a brand new weight room.
The home of Warrior Hockey, Lawler Rink was named after former men's hockey head coach, Thom Lawler, the winningest coach in program history. J. Thom Lawler Arena - more commonly known as Lawler Arena - has evolved into one of the more difficult rinks for opponents in recent years, as Merrimack's home ice advantage now ranks as one of the best in the conference.
Hammel Court is home to the Warriors’ volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball teams. The gym is equipped with retractable bleachers on both sides of the court in order to maximize space for practices. The facility has a capacity of 1,200 for Merrimack home games. Hammel Court also features six basketball hoops as well as a batting cage, which can be lowered from the ceiling for baseball and softball practices.
Martone-Mejail Field - Merrimack's main outdoor stadium - is home to the football, men's and women's soccer, field hockey and men's and women's lacrosse teams. The field, named after head coach Tony Martone and Gabe Mejail of the men's and women's soccer teams, respectively, received a $1.2 million renovation in the summer of 2005, and the installation of a FieldTurf surface highlighted the upgrade. In addition, the facility was equipped with stadium lighting which allowed teams to play and practice at night in the fall of 2005.
Located in nearby Andover, Mass., the Indian Ridge Country Club is the home of the Merrimack women’s golf team since the program's inception in 2011-12. A privately owned, 18-hole golf course, professionals and amateurs alike recognize it as one of the finest and most prominent among New England golf courses.
The home for the women’s crew team since the program's beginnings in 2011-12, The Abe Bashara Community Boathouse, at 10,000 square feet, is the largest boathouse along the Merrimack River. Over 30,000 youths have learned to sail and row at the Lawrence-based venue. With one of the finer rowing facilities at its disposal, the young Merrimack women's crew team, beginning its fourth year in 2013-14, will continue to grow with a top-notch training facility.
Located just a short walk from the Merrimack Athletic Center, the Warrior Baseball Diamond offers fans the opportunity to see their home team up close, with standing room available around the perimeter of the field. The playing field measures 335 feet down the lines, 375 feet in the gaps and 390 feet at its deepest point in centerfield. The Merrimack baseball program has called Warrior Baseball Diamond home since its inception in 1978.
Located in front of the Warrior Baseball Diamond, the Warrior Softball Diamond offers spectators a stellar viewing experience. The ability to view the game from the fence anywhere around the field allows fans an opportunity to be right on top of all the action and excitement. With measurements of 200 feet all around the stadium, the Warrior Softball Diamond offers the players a challenging, but also achievable distance in order to hit one out of the park.