NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The #6 Merrimack men's lacrosse team came from one goal down with under a minute to go in regulation to defeat the Saint Anselm Hawks Hawks on Tuesday night by the score of 11-10 in overtime. Junior attackman Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) was the hero for the Warriors as he buried the game-winning goal with 10 seconds remaining in the overtime period.
Melaugh finished off his impressive night with three goals including the game-winner. Leading scorer Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) continued his strong offensive play, finishing with three goals. Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) and Paul Jones (Guilderland, NY) both finished off the night with three points as Perdie racked up three goals and Jones recorded a team-high three assists.
Lunney connected on the game-tying goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation after a Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) assist to push the game into overtime. In overtime Melaugh found the back of the net with 10 seconds remaining to keep the Warriors undefeated home record intact.
The Warriors and Hawks played a tightly contested opening period as both teams missed opportunities to break through with the opening goal. Then with 27 seconds remaining in the first, Melaugh found the back of the net, after a great individual move allowed him to beat the visiting goalie.
Paul Gallagher (Simsbury, CT) and Perdie extended the Warriors lead to three with just over 10 minutes remaining in the opening half. Jones was credited with the assist on both Warriors goals.
The Warriors 7-0 scoring run to open the first half was capped off with two goals by Lunney and a goal by junior DJ Brown (Huntington, NY). With the score 7-0 in favor of the Warriors, the Hawks responded with their first goal of the game as Jake Mallinson beat Morgan Green (Portsmouth, RI) for his first of the game.
The Warriors led 7-1 at half as they dominated most statistical categories including outshooting the Hawks 30-5. The Warriors went 10-12 on clearing attempts but went 4-10 on faceoff's.
The second half did not start out how the Warriors wanted it too as the Hawks connected on the first four goals of the half, making the score 7-5 with 4:54 remaining in the third period. Perdie broke through with the Warriors first goal of the second half as he fired one past the Saint Anselm goalie after a perfect pass from Shand.
The Hawks responded with a quick goal to cut the Merrimack lead to two before Perdie opened up the fourth period with his third marker of the game, making the score 9-6 in favor of the Warriors.
The Hawks scored the next four goals, including a goal from Ryan Mee with 22 seconds remaining on the game clock, to grab the 10-9 lead. Senior Nick Maggio (Winchester, Mass.) did not let the Warriors lose on their home turf, winning the ensuing faceoff, leading to Lunney's game-tying goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation.
The overtime period opened up with Saint Anselm winning the faceoff before turning the ball over with just over a minute remaining. With the clock running out in the overtime period, Melaugh would make a great move to get a free look at the goal, burying the game-winner with 10 seconds showing on the clock.
Merrimack closed out the game holding the 47-20 advantage in shots and forced 20 turnovers by the Hawks. The Warriors finished the night going 15-19 on clearing attempts and 12-25 on faceoff's.
Defensively Jimmy Holland (Billerica, Mass.) scooped up five groundballs and caused one turnover while Peter Schielke (Ridgefield, CT) continued his stellar play causing a team-high four turnovers. Maggio closed out the night going 10-20 on faceoff's and scooping up a team-high eight groundballs while freshman goalie, Green, improved to 9-2 on the season.
Merrimack (9-2, 4-2 NE-10) closed out their home schedule going 5-0 at Martone-Mejail Field. The Warriors now head to Foxborough, Mass. for the New England Lacrosse Classic at Gillette Stadium on Saturday April 21 at 2:30 as they will take on the Bentley Falcons.
Merrimack participated in the first-ever college lacrosse game held at Gillette Stadium on April 5, 2008, losing 7-5 to Bryant University. The Warriors will become the first division II lacrosse program to play at Gillette Stadium on two occasions.
Merrimack has a number of consignment tickets available for purchase at the Volpe Box Office. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students with a valid Merrimack student ID. Fans can call the Merrimack ticket office at 978-837-5324 for more information.