NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The #4 Merrimack men's lacrosse team will open up the 2013 season on Saturday, Mar. 9 at 11 am with neutral site game at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, MD against the #3 Limestone Saints. The Warriors and Saints played last season with Merrimack prevailing 12-11 behind a Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) late goal with 12.8 seconds to play.
The Warriors closed out the 2012 season with an overall record of 13-3 and a conference mark of 8-2. Merrimack defeated Adelphi in the semifinal round of the Northeast-10 Conference tournament to advance to the NE-10 title game for the fifth straight season before losing to top-seeded Le Moyne.
Merrimack comes into the 2013 season with a very experienced squad as they return 26 players from last year's 13 win team. The Warriors will also welcome 14 newcomers to the team this spring.
The potent Merrimack offensive attack is led by National Preseason Player of the Year, Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) who led the team in scoring last year with 45 goals and 59 total points. Melaugh also returns for his senior year after leading the NCAA in goals per game (3.4) and points per game (4.4) last season. Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) and junior Paul Jones (Guilderland, NY) will look to build on seasons that saw them scored 40 points for the Warriors.
Defensively, the Warriors will look for major contributions from second team all-conference member Jimmy Holland (Billerica, Mass.) who finished last season with 35 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers while sophomore Brandon Waiter (Westport, CT) returns after a great first season as he scooped up 47 ground balls and led the team with 29 forced turnovers. Senior captain Bryan Pollack (Shelton, CT) will also look to have a breakout final season after missing all of the 2012 season with an injury.
The Warriors were selected to finish in second in the preseason Northeast-10 coaches poll released in early February, including receiving two first place votes. Merrimack was selected to finish behind Le Moyne who received nine first place votes and just ahead of Adelphi who received one first place vote.