Slow Start Dooms #6 Men’s Lacrosse in 16-9 Setback at #1 Le Moyne
WARRIORS SUFFER FIRST CONFERENCE LOSS OF 2014 IN ROAD BATTLE WITH #1 LE MOYNE
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In one of the most highly anticipated matches of the season between two Northeast-10 Conference powers, the No. 6 Merrimack College men's lacrosse team stumbled out of the gate, and that slow start proved costly, as the Warriors fell, 16-9, to top-ranked and undefeated Le Moyne on Tuesday afternoon at Ted Grant Field.
Score: #1 Le Moyne 16, Merrimack 9
Records: #6 Merrimack (4-3, 4-1 NE-10) | #1 Le Moyne (8-0, 5-0 NE-10)
Location: Ted Grant Field| Syracuse, N.Y.
How It Happened
In a matchup of two of the top teams in the NE-10, it was reigning league and national champion Le Moyne who wound up on top, as the Dolphins roared out of the gate to set the tone early and often, forcing the Warriors to play catch-up.
Merrimack was outscored by six (7-1) in the opening frame before cutting the deficit to five (10-5) heading into the intermission. Le Moyne would not let the Warriors carry that momentum into the second half, extending its lead to a game-high eight-goal margin (14-6) at the end of 45 minutes before both sides traded goals in the final quarter to settle for the seven-goal final differential.
Once again, Merrimack's offense spread the wealth, as six different Warriors tallied at least one marker on Tuesday, including two each from junior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.), senior Paul Jones (Guilderland, N.Y.) and sophomore Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.).
In net, junior Morgan Green (Portsmouth, R.I.) was lifted after 15 minutes and one save, while freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) manned the pipes over the final three quarters and finished with two stops.
Inside The Numbers
- Penalties dominated Tuesday's affair, as Merrimack was whistled for 12:30 worth of infractions on 12 total penalties, while the hosts totaled only 3:00 on four penalties
- Shand (2g), freshman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) (1g, 1a), Jones (2g), Towler (2g) and junior Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) (2a) all finished with multiple-point efforts on the day
- On the X, five different Warriors attempted at least one faceoff, with sophomore Andrew Walsh (Derry, N.H.) coming away with 7-of-15 (46.6%) faceoffs against Le Moyne's Kevin Bumpus (14-of-26)
- Merrimack outshot the Dolphins 47-32, putting 20 on net, but Dolphins goalkeeper Pat Brothers (3-0) stayed perfect on the year with an 11-save performance
- The Dolphins were also particularly dominant on special teams, finishing 4-for-10 in man-up situations while keeping the Warriors to just 1-of-4 in such situations
- Merrimack did force 21 Le Moyne turnovers, with eight different Warriors tallying a caused turnover on the day
- Merrimack also finished 9-of-11 on clears (81.8%) while the Dolphins were harried into just a 9-of-16 success rate (56.3%) on their own clear attempts
Merrimack returns to the turf next Wednesday (April 2), as the Warriors welcome North Region power LIU Post to Martone-Mejail Field for a pivotal regional showdown in North Andover. First whistle is set for 4 p.m.