WARRIORS WELCOME GOLDEN KNIGHTS IN 2014 HOME, SEASON OPENER TOMORROW (1PM)
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Returning to the turf for the first time since last May, the eighth-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team officially begins its pursuit of a third Northeast-10 Conference crown and a return to the NCAA Tournament when it kicks off the 2014 campaign on Saturday (March 1) afternoon against Saint Rose at Martone-Mejail Field. Opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.
Date/Time: Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 1 p.m.
Records: #8 Merrimack (0-0, 0-0 NE-10) | Saint Rose (0-0, 0-0 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
Closing the Book on 2013:
Guided by a quartet of USILA All-Americans, including National Player of the Year Corey Lunney and National Goalkeeper of the Year Connor Reagan, Merrimack claimed its first-ever Northeast-10 Conference regular season crown in 2013 and finished the year with an 11-3 overall mark.
Despite advancing to the NE-10 Semifinals and finishing with just three losses – all against nationally ranked opponents – the Warriors just missed out on an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, but still accomplished plenty along the way.
One of the top highlights of the year came in late March, when Merrimack handed rival and top-ranked Le Moyne its first regular season loss in 33 games, snapping the Dolphins' 59-game unbeaten streak against conference opponents in the process dating back to 2007.
The Warriors also finished with an impressive 5-1 record within the friendly confines of Martone-Mejail Field, with the lone blemish coming against Le Moyne in the NE-10 Championships.
Last Season vs. Saint Rose
Propelled by a five-goal performance from 2013 graduate Greg Melaugh, Merrimack cruised to a 19-2 victory at Saint Rose in the two teams' only meeting last season on March 30, 2013.
Six Warriors finished the game with at least two goals and four Warriors recorded at least two assists. Melaugh led the way with his five tallies, while Paul Jones notched three goals and two assists and former Warrior Corey Lunney chipped in with three markers, as well.
Merrimack registered 12 uninterrupted goals from the middle of the second quarter until the 6:39 mark of the final stanza to put the game out of reach, highlighted by a dominating third period that saw the Warriors score eight goals and allow none.
Read the full recap from last season's game!
- Are one year removed from an 11-win campaign and bring back six of the squad's top-nine scorers
- Boast three Preseason All-Americans, highlighted by junior attack Jamie Shand, senior midfielder Mike Perdie and junior defenseman Brandon Waiter, the latter of which is a returning All-American, as well
- Junior Morgan Green highlights a cast of three capable goalkeepers after appearing in six games last spring with a 6.59 goals-against average and .680 save percentage
- Ranked 13th nationally in scoring offense (12.21) and third in scoring defense (6.86) a year ago
The Golden Knights:
- Are beginning their third year as a varsity program and are coming off a 4-11 campaign that included a 4-7 record inside league play
- Return 23 letterwinners from a year ago, including all of the team's top-four leader scorers highlighted by senior Brett McAuliffe, who finished 10th in the NE-10 with a team-leading 29 goals last year (38 points overall)
- Will turn to newcomers Casey Bergeron and Joe Shapiro in net after last year's starter, Nick Longo, misses time due to injury; Longo ranked 25th in the nation and 10th in the NE-10 with a 10.63 GAA last spring