SYRACUSE, NY – The #3 Merrimack men's lacrosse team was defeated on Saturday afternoon by the #2 Le Moyne Dolphins in the Warriors second top five showdown in the past week. The Warriors picked up their first loss of the season after posting their best record to start a season since the 2009 campaign.
"We had our chances throughout the game but we couldn't sustain our offense in the fourth," said head coach Mike Morgan. "I thought we played pretty good but not good enough to beat a good Le Moyne team."
Freshman Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) finished the game with a team-high two goals and one assist in the defeat. Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) finished with one goal and one assist while Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) closed out the game with one goal on six shots.
The Warriors were shutout in the fourth period after entering the final period with the score tied 6-6. Le Moyne connected on two goals in the final frame to propel them to victory on Saturday in Syracuse.
The Dolphins would strike first less than a minute into the contest as Nick Blumer found the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season. The Warriors would get the equalizing goal from Guilbert at the 3:41 mark of the first period after a Perdie pass.
Perdie would put the Warriors up 2-1 with just three seconds showing on the first period clock as he fired one past the Le Moyne goalie for his eleventh marker of the season. Paul Gallagher (Simsbury, CT) would end the Warriors 3-0 scoring run with his third goal of the season on a man up opportunity after a pretty pass from Guilbert.
Blumer would score the second of the game for the Dolphins to close out the opening half, cutting the Warriors lead to one at 3-2.
The Warriors held a 13-8 advantage in shots in the opening half while also going a perfect 7-7 on clearing opportunities. Merrimack went 1-1 on extra man opportunities in the first half and went 3-7 on faceoffs.
The Dolphins would knot the score at three off the opening faceoff of the second half as Tyler Prevost found the back of the net less than 10 second into the third period. The Warriors would respond with a goal of their own less than two minutes later as Guilbert would score his second of the game after a nice pass from Paul Jones (Guilderland, NY).
Prevost would tie the game up again less than two minutes later as he beat Morgan Green (Portsmouth, RI) for the second time on the day. Greg Fallon (North Kingstown, RI) would pick up his first tally of the season to give the Warriors the 5-4 lead with 10:20 remaining in the third period.
Blumer would pick up his third goal on the afternoon to tie the score at five with 4:39 showing on the clock. Lunney, Merrimack's leading scorer, would find the back of the net for his first goal of the game and 23rd of the season with just over two minutes left in the third period to give the Warriors the 6-5 advantage. The Dolphins would score the tying goal with four second to go in the third period to knot the game at six, heading into the fourth period.
The fourth period was not too kind to the Warriors as Le Moyne scored two goals and held the Warriors to none, to preserve the 8-6 victory in front of the home crowd.
Nick Maggio (Winchester, Mass.) finished the afternoon going 8-18 on faceoff attempts while scooping up a team-high six groundballs. Senior Peter Schielke (Ridgefield, CT) continued his steady defensive play as he caused a team-high two turnovers and scooped up two groundballs on the afternoon.
Green finished the game making four saves while allowing eight goals in his first loss of the season. Green's counterpart for Le Moyne, Jeff White, finished the game with five saves and allowed six goals.
Blumer finished with a game-high three goals for the Dolphins in the win. Prevost and Chris Button each recorded two goals for Le Moyne in the victory.
Merrimack (7-1, 3-1 NE-10) will stay on the road for a conference matchup with Southern New Hampshire on Tuesday April 10 at 4 pm.