SCHWARZ, SHAND POST THREE-POINT EFFORTS IN 11-3 MEN'S LACROSSE VICTORY SATURDAY
Links: Box Score
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Fueled by a balanced offensive attack that saw eight different players register a goal and a dominant effort in the faceoff X by sophomore Andrew Walsh (Derry, N.H.), the eighth-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team powered its way to a victory in its home- and season-opener, as the Warriors picked up an 11-3 victory against Saint Rose in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: #8 Merrimack 11, Saint Rose 3
Records: #8 Merrimack (1-0, 1-0 NE-10) | Saint Rose (0-1, 0-1 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
After averaging just over 12 goals per game as a unit last season, the Warrior offense started slow with just four goals in the first 30 minutes but exploded in the second half, outscoring the visitors by a 7-2 margin in the final two quarters to start off the season on a high note.
With Walsh dominating the battle on the X, Merrimack maintained plenty of the momentum throughout the contest, as the sophomore faceoff specialist finished 11-for-14 on the afternoon.
The Warriors needed just 25 seconds to find the back of the net on a season-opening tally from sophomore Ryan Poirier (Warwick, R.I.) before Saint Rose evened things up at 8:35 of the first. Merrimack went into the first intermission with a one-goal edge after a strike from junior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.) with 5:27 to go in the first
Freshmen Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) added two more to the Warrior lead in the second, as both tallied their first collegiate goals in the process, with the latter's coming with only three seconds to go in the half.
Ahead by three, Merrimack and Saint Rose exchanged strikes in the first half of the third period before Merrimack tallied the last two of the quarter, taking a 7-2 edge into the final frame.
Saint Rose would get to within four (7-3) after a goal at the 8:11 mark of the fourth quarter, but that would only spark a run of four uncontested Merrimack markers to close out the game.
In net, junior Morgan Green (Portsmouth, R.I.) posted two saves in the first half and picked up the victory, while freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) added two more stops in the second half. Saint Rose's Joe Shapiro finished with eight stops for the visitors.
Five Warriors registered their first goals in a Merrimack uniform: Schwarz (2), Allen (2) junior transfer Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.), and freshmen Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) and Jack Trask (Colorado Springs, Colo.) all buried either their first collegiate goals or first goals with the program on Saturday.
Inside The Numbers
- Offensively, four different Warriors tallied multi-point efforts, with Schwarz (2g, 1a) and Shand (1g, 2a) leading all players with three
- Poirier and Allen also finished with two goals apiece, while senior Mike Perdie (Wading River, N.Y.) and sophomore James Caruso (Needham, Mass.) also found the twine for the home side
- Merrimack controlled virtually every category on Saturday, most enunciated by their 48-16 advantage in shot attempts (19-7 on target)
- The Warriors also held a 54-30 edge in ground balls, with Shand leading the way with 13 for the home side
- Totaling just 12 turnovers on the day (compared to 23 for Saint Rose), Merrimack caused 13 of those giveaways, as five different Warriors forced two Saint Rose miscues
- Merrimack was successful on one of its five man-up opportunities, while Saint Rose finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage
- The Warriors were successful on 14-of-17 clears (82.4%), while Saint Rose went 16-of-20 (80.0%)
Merrimack returns to action with a conference tilt against Franklin Pierce this Tuesday (March 4) afternoon. Opening faceoff set for 3 p.m. from Martone-Mejail Field.