April 30, 2013

Lunney Named NE-10 Player Of The Year; Seven Warriors Receive All-Conference Nod

SOUTH EASTON, MA – Merrimack senior Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) was named Northeast-10 Player of the Year, as announced by the league offices on Tuesday. Lunney is the second Warrior in as many years to receive the award as fellow senior Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) was named 2012 Player of the Year.

Merrimack also collected two more big awards on Tuesday as senior goalkeeper Connor Reagan (East Lyme, CT) was named Goalkeeper of the Year and sophomore Brandon Waiter (Westport, CT) was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Lunney, Melaugh, Waiter and Reagan were each named to the all-conference first team while Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) and Patrick Coskren (Norwell, Mass.) were second-team honorees. Ryan Poirier (Warwick, RI) was selected to the all-rookie team.

Lunney was named NE-10 Player of the Year and was also voted to the first team All-Conference for the third time. The Little Silver, New Jersey native currently leads the league with 43 goals and 57 points and led the Warriors to their first-ever share of the Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season crown. Lunney currently ranks second in the country in goals per contest (3.31) and ninth in points (4.29).

Fellow first team member, Melaugh ranks second in the conference with 39 goals on the season after tying a school record with nine goals in his last outing against Assumption. Melaugh is also tied for third in the conference with 49 points on the season and ranks seventh in the nation in goals per game (3.00). Melaugh also leads the Ne-10 with 12 man-up goals on the season.

Waiter was honored as the conference's best defenseman after being named to the all-rookie team as a freshman. The Westport, Connecticut native has anchored a Merrimack defense that has allowed only 6.77 goals per contest so far this season. He leads the Warriors with 21 caused turnovers to go along with 35 ground balls and a career-high two assists on the offensive side of the field.

The backbone of the Merrimack defense all season long has been Reagan who was named Goalkeeper of the Year along with first team all-conference. Reagan has compiled a 10-2 record while ranking third in the conference in goals-against average (6.59) and fourth in save percentage (61.8%). Reagan had his best game of the season in the Warriors upset victory over then #1 Le Moyne College on March 26 as the senior made a career-high 24 saves in the 5-3 victory.

Perdie, who earned second team honors for the second straight season, ranks fourth on the Warriors with 23 total points including 11 goals and 12 assists. He has racked up 10 ground balls, caused five turnovers and has scored two man-up goals for the Warriors this season.

Coskren has put together one of the most impressive seasons for a Merrimack faceoff specialist as he ranks third in the conference, winning 60.2% of his faceoff attempts and scooping up a conference-high 117 ground balls. Coskren leads the nation with 9.0 ground balls per game and he has also added a career-high three assists this season.

Poirier was awarded all-rookie team accolades after racking up six goals and six assists while playing in all 13 games and earning seven starts. Poirier also added six ground balls and one man-up tally so far this season.

Merrimack will play host to the winner of the quarterfinal game between #3 Le Moyne and #6 Saint Anselm in the conference semifinal game at Martone-Mejail Field on Friday night at 7 p.m.