NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Merrimack lacrosse senior midfielder Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) has been named Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year, as announced on Monday. Merrimack also received a #5 preseason National ranking from the magazine.
Lunney has led the Warriors to 37 wins and three straight Northeast-10 Conference championship games during his three years in North Andover and has been team captain for the last two seasons. Lunney topped the NE-10 last year with 45 goals and ranked third with 59 points while earning All-American accolades and first team all-conference honors. The Little Silver, NJ native also earned his second straight New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Player of the Year award following the 2012 campaign.
For his career, Lunney ranks second all-time in goals with 130 and tied for fifth in total points with 170. He also ranks 10th all-time in groundballs with 91 but can enter the top five by the end of the 2013 season.
The Warriors finished last season with an overall record of 13-3 including a perfect 6-0 record at Martone-Mejail Field. Merrimack advanced to the NE-10 championship game for the fourth straight season but they were denied the NE-10 title by Le Moyne for second time in four tries.
The Northeast-10 Conference has four schools ranked in the top-10 in the preseason rankings, more than any other conference in the country.
Merrimack will open the season with the #5 ranking, only two spots behind NE-10 foe Le Moyne, who sits at #3. Conference members Adelphi and Saint Michael's also rank inside the top-10 in the preseason polls at #8 and #9 respectively.
The Warriors will open up their 2013 schedule on Saturday, March 9 as they will travel to Baltimore, MD for a neutral site game with #4 Limestone at 12:00 p.m. The Warriors defeated Limestone last year in Baltimore by the score of 12-11 as Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with 12.8 seconds to play in the game.