ALBANY, NY –The #4 Merrimack men's lacrosse team stayed undefeated on the season with a 15-6 victory over the Saint Rose Golden Knights on Sunday afternoon. Behind a seven point performance by junior Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) the Warriors are now 4-0 on the season.
Perdie recorded a game-high six assists and one goal on the afternoon for the Warriors in the victory. Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) led the way for Merrimack in goals with four for the second straight game. The Warriors leading scorer Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) also scored four goals in the victory. Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) continued his solid play with two goals and one assist while DJ Brown (Huntington, NY) scored one goal and one assist.
"We came out and played good early on," said head coach Mike Morgan. "Saint Rose responded and tied the game early in the third but our guys really responded. We went on a 9-0 run to close out the game to gut out the victory this afternoon."
The Warriors opened up the scoring less than a minute and a half into the game as Lunney connected to give Merrimack the early 1-0 advantage. The Golden Knights wouldn't waste much time before they got the equalizing goal as Rich Bamberger found the back of the net after a Kevin Fleming assist.
Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) would score a goal with 5:32 remaining in the opening period after a Perdie assist to spark a Warriors 5-0 run. Shand would connect on a goal just over a minute later to close out the first period for the Warriors, holding the 3-1 lead.
Shand, Lunney and Melaugh would each score to start off the second period for the Warriors to extend their lead to 6-1 with 5:51 remaining in the opening half. The Golden Knights however would string together back-to-back goals to close out the first half.
The Warriors went into halftime with the 6-3 lead. The Warriors held the advantage in shots in the first half, 21-14. The Warriors were also 14-16 on clear opportunities in the opening half while Saint Rose was 6-11. The Warriors were also 1-1 in extra man opportunities while the Golden Knights were only successful on one of their four chances.
The Golden Knights would open the second half on fire as they scored the first three goals of the half to make the score 6-6 with 10:23 showing on the third period clock. Merrimack would take a timeout which would turn the momentum in their favor.
The Warriors would connect on the final nine goals of the game after taking the early second half timeout.
Brown would open up the scoring for the Warriors on their 9-0 run with the man up goal after a Perdie assist. Shand and Lunney would both connect over the next five minutes to extend the Warriors lead to three at 9-6.
The Golden Knights would call a timeout after the Lunney goal but this would not slow the Merrimack momentum as Paul Jones (Guilderland, NY) would find the back of the net just 20 seconds after the timeout to give Merrimack the 10-6 lead.
Lunney would give Merrimack the 11-6 advantage heading into the fourth period after another Perdie assist led him to firing in a goal.
The Warriors would close out the fourth period with four goals and Perdie would be a part of three of those goals. The Warriors would run out the clock with the 15-6 advantage.
Merrimack would close out the game with the 47-27 advantage in shots on the afternoon and going 4-6 on extra man opportunities. The Warriors finished the game going 21-23 on clear opportunities and scooping up 45 groundballs compared to the Golden Knights 34.
In between the pipes, freshman Morgan Green (Portsmouth, RI) dominated the second half of play, making seven of his 12 saves. Saint Rose goalie Nick Longo finished the game with seven saves on the afternoon.
Merrimack (4-0, 1-0 NE-10) will head home to North Andover for their first home contest of the season on Tuesday at 4 pm as they will take on conference opponent Franklin Pierce.