NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The seventh-ranked Merrimack men's lacrosse team defeated Adelphi University 14-3 Friday night in the Northeast-10 Semifinals to advance to its second straight conference championship against top-ranked Le Moyne College on Sunday.
The Warriors (12-3) and the Dolphins (14-0) will battle once again for the conference title Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. in Syracuse, NY. The game will be webcast live at northeast10.tv.
The Panthers actually led 2-0 early, but Merrimack rattled off six unanswered first-half goals from six different scorers to lead 6-2 at the half.
Jordan Tiger (Ridgefield, CT), Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) and Bryan MacPhie (Scarborough, ME) each tallied a goal and an assist in the first half, with Tiger getting the Warriors on the board with his first goal of the season. Greg Melaugh (Billerica, MA), Nick Vazquez (Haverhill, MA), Brad McAdam (Neshanic Station, NJ) and Lunney made it 5-2 with four goals 3:48 apart, while MacPhie rounded out the first half with an unassisted tally, his 16th of the season.
The hosts netted eight of the nine second-half goals, while Lunney finishing with a game-high three, giving the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year 45 goals on the season.
“We played well as a team and really took over after the two early goals,” said head coach Mike Morgan, who has guided Merrimack to at least the conference semifinals in each of his three seasons. “We earned the chance to go back to Syracuse and hopefully come home with a championship.”
Merrimack won 12-of-21 faceoffs, including all five in the first quarter and forced 25 turnovers, seven off clearing attempts.
Cory Spinale (Wakefield, MA) made 11 saves in the victory, as Merrimack dominated the shots, outshooting Adelphi 61-25.
Merrimack has lost just six times in the last two seasons, four of them to Le Moyne, including last year's conference championship and NCAA Semifinals.
Adelphi, who entered Friday's game winners of eight straight, concludes its season 10-5 overall, including two losses to Merrimack in North Andover.