EIGHT DIFFERENT MERRIMACK PLAYERS SCORE AS WARRIORS IMPROVE TO 3-0 IN NE-10 SATURDAY
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by another outstanding performance from its balanced attack that saw eight different players find the back of the net, the eighth-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team stayed unbeaten in Northeast-10 Conference play after defeating Saint Michael's College, 11-5, on Saturday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: #8 Merrimack 11, Saint Michael's 5
Records: Merrimack (3-1, 3-0 NE-10) | Saint Michael's (0-3, 0-1 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Merrimack roared out of the gates and built its lead to six (7-1) to carry a five-goal cushion into the intermission. Saint Michael's would staunch the bleeding with two quick strikes in the first six minutes of the third, but Merrimack would answer with four of the game's final five markers to push its conference record to an unblemished 3-0.
Staying true to the theme of the season was Merrimack's offense, which spread the wealth yet again on Saturday; among the eight players who tickled the twine for the Warriors: five were underclassmen, including another big day from rookie Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.), who finished with a game-high four points (3g, 1a).
Schwarz was one of four multi-point scorers for the home side; classmate Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) added a career-high two-goal performance of his own, while junior transfer Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.) and senior attack Paul Jones (Guilderland, N.Y.) each added a goal and assist apiece.
In net, freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) used three saves to pick up the win in his first collegiate start, limiting the Purple Knights to just the two goals over 30 minutes of work. Madonna would give way to junior Morgan Green (Portsmouth, R.I.), who made several big stops in the second half while finishing with seven saves in relief.
Merrimack roared out to a 3-0 lead in the first after three uninterrupted markers from sophomore Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.), Allen and sophomore James Caruso (Needham, Mass.), respectively, before Schwarz fired off his first of the game at 9:04 of the second to push the Warriors up by four.
After Saint Michael's got on the board midway through the second, junior Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.), sophomore Ryan Poirier (Warwick, R.I.) and Jones then tallied three in succession for the home side before Saint Michael's added a late goal to trail by five at the half.
The Purple Knights took away the momentum at the start of the third quarter after back-to-back goals brought the visitors to within three (7-4), but Schwarz answered right back with a bullet of a shot at the 7:05 mark to make it a four-goal edge.
In the final frame, Allen buried a feed from junior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.) for a man-up marker at 13:21 before Saint Michael's responded two minutes later. Schwarz and Vivian would close out the scoring later in the fourth with Merrimack's last two goals of the game to settle for the final margin of victory.
Inside The Numbers
- Merrimack's defense limited Saint Michael's to just 27 total shots – with 15 of them on net – while keeping the visitors 0-for-4 on man-up opportunities
- The Warriors, meanwhile, finished 2-for-6 on the man advantage, with Allen and Jones registering man-up tallies
- Sophomore Andrew Walsh (Derry, N.H.) enjoyed another strong day on the X, winning 11-of-20 faceoffs against Saint Michael's (55.0%)
- Merrimack finished with a 40-20 edge in total shots and was successful on 17-fo-19 clears (89.4%)
- Merrimack, which entered the day leading the country in ground balls per game, continued that trend with a 40-22 advantage in that category; Walsh led all players with eight
Merrimack turns its sights to a huge midweek road test against ninth-ranked Dowling this Wednesday (March 19). First whistle from Long Island is set for 4 p.m.