WESTCHESTER, NY – Behind a career-high seven goals from senior Terence Barclay (Babylon, NY) the Merrimack men's lacrosse team downed the Dominican Chargers in their season opener by the same score as last season, 17-7. The seven goal performance is the third best single player goal output in Merrimack College lacrosse history.
The Warriors opened up the scoring just over 30 seconds into the game as Barclay connected on his first of the season off of a Paul Jones (Guilderland, NY) assist. Dominican would tie the score at one at the 10:56 mark on the extra man opportunity.
Preseason All-American Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) and Barclay would score to give the Warriors the 3-2 lead after one quarter of play. Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) and Jones would pick up the assists on the Warriors tallies. Merrimack would outshoot the Chargers 14-3 after the opening quarter of play.
Jones opened up the second quarter with his first goal of the season off of a Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) assist, marking Shand's first career point, giving the Warriors the 4-2 lead. The Chargers would respond with a goal of their own at the 12:52 mark to cut the Merrimack lead to 4-3.
The Warriors would find their offensive stride midway through the second period as they closed out the half with six unanswered goals. Barclay recorded four goals during the stretch with Lunney and Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) picking up one each.
Jones and Guilbert opened up the third period with two quick goals to give the Warriors the 12-3 advantage before the Chargers responded with a goal of their own on the man up opportunity. The Warriors would quickly come back with four straight goals of their own as Jones, Barclay, Perdie and Lunney each scored in the third to give the Warriors their biggest lead of the game, 16-4.
Matt Marini (Trumbull, CT) chipped in with a goal in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors the 17-4 advantage before the Chargers scored the final three goals of the game, giving the Warriors the 17-7 victory.
The Warriors outshot Dominican (NY) 23-6 in the first half and 36-11 in the game, while converting on four of its six man-advantages.
Shand finished up his first collegiate game with eight assists, marking the second most assists in a game in school history and the most ever by a freshman. Lunney, last year's All-New England Player of the Year, picked up three goals and an assist in the victory. Patrick Coskren (Norwood, Mass.) finished off the game winning 16 of 21 faceoff's and scooped up a team-high 10 groundballs.
Defensively Steve Souza (Wimington, Mass.) and Brandon Waiter (Westport, CT) had great games, holding the top offensive threats for the Chargers to limited scroring chances to go along with a couple of big hits on the afternoon.
"I thought we played well today," said head coach Mike Morgan. "We improved throughout the game with our ball movement to get some open chances for our scorers. Morgan Green looked good in net for us and Brandon Waiter played well against Dominican's leading scorer. All and all I think it was a good first game of the season for us."
Merrimack (1-0) will take on #2 Limestone on Saturday March 10 at 12 pm in Baltimore, Md.