NORTH ANDOVER, MA –The #4 Merrimack men's lacrosse team downed the Franklin Pierce Ravens by the score of 11-4. Leading the way was junior Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) who finished the game with four goals including his 100th career goal in the first half.
"We played an okay all around game," said head coach Mike Morgan. "We settled for some shots that we shouldn't have but their goalie played very well. We took too many penalties but all and all it was a pretty good effort from our guys."
The Warriors were led offensively by Lunney who racked up four goals on the afternoon to bring his season total to a team leading 17. DJ Brown (Huntington, NY) scored two goals and recorded two assists for the Warriors in the victory. Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) scored two goals and an assist while freshman Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) scored twice.
Shand opened up the scoring for the Warriors as he found the back of the net just over one minute into the first period. Melaugh would give the Warriors the 2-0 advantage ten second later after a Nick Maggio (Winchester, Mass.) faceoff win.
Merrimack would pull ahead 4-0 after Melaugh and Lunney scored off of perfect passes from Paul Jones (Guilderland, NY). The Warriors would score the next three goals to give them the 7-0 advantage before the Ravens could put one past starting goaltender Morgan Green (Portsmouth, RI). Brown would connect on two of the goals and junior Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) would connect on the other.
The Warriors would call a timeout with just under 10 seconds remaining in the opening half with the 7-1 lead. After the timeout Lunney raced in and found the back of the net after a perfect pass from Brown led him straight to the net with 0.4 seconds showing on the game clock. The goal would give Merrimack the 8-1 lead heading into halftime.
Merrimack would outshoot the Ravens 25-11 in the opening half and they were also 9-11 on clearing opportunities. The Warriors caused 20 Franklin Pierce turnovers in the opening half of play and were also 1-3 on man up opportunities.
The Ravens would strike first in the third period as Ryan Dintamin found the back of the net on two occasions, cutting the Warriors lead to 8-3. The Warriors however would respond quickly as Lunney ripped a shot that beat the Ravens goaltender low to make the score 9-3. Brown would pick up his second assist of the game on the Lunney goal.
Lunney and Shand would close out the fourth period with goals off of Perdie passes to give the Warriors the 11-4 victory over the Ravens.
Jimmy Holland (Billerica, Mass.) had a solid game defensively for the Warriors causing a team-high four turnovers and also scooping up four groundballs. All-American Peter Schielke (Ridgefield, CT) had another outstanding afternoon on defense for the Warriors causing two turnovers and scooping up four groundballs. Lunney recorded a team-high seven groundballs on the afternoon for the Warriors in the victory. Green improves to 5-0 on the season after making three saves in the first half of action. Connor Reagan (East Lyme, CT) made one save in his period of action and Sean Payne (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) made three saves in his first action of the season.
Merrimack finished the game holding the 52-24 advantage in shots and forced 30 Franklin Pierce turnovers. The Warriors finished the game winning 14 of 18 faceoff's as Maggio went 13-16 on the afternoon.
The Warriors were playing Tuesday afternoons game in honor of Ed Johnson, former Merrimack lacrosse captain from the class of 1986, who recently passed away at the age of 47. The Warriors placed their road #5 jersey on the bench in honor of Johnson who wore number five during his time at Merrimack.
Merrimack (5-0) will stay at home on Saturday for a conference showdown with #5 Adelphi at 1 pm.