April 1, 2014

#8 Men’s Lacrosse Welcomes #9 LIU Post on Youth Lacrosse Day Wednesday

WARRIORS HOST PIONEERS IN MOST IMPORTANT GAME TO DATE WEDNESDAY AT HOME

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Following a nine-day layoff since its last game, the eighth-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team returns to action with its most important contest to date, as the Warriors welcome No. 9 LIU Post in a pivotal North Region showdown on Wednesday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field on Youth Lacrosse Day.

The Basics
Date/Time:
Wednesday, A pril 2, 2014| 4 p.m.
Records: #8 Merrimack (4-3)
| #9 LIU Post (5-2)
Location:
Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out: Slow Start Dooms Merrimack in 16-9 Setback at #1 Le Moyne
In one of the most highly anticipated matches of the season between two Northeast-10 Conference powers, No. 6 Merrimack stumbled out of the gate, and that slow start proved costly, as the Warriors fell, 16-9, to top-ranked and undefeated Le Moyne last Tuesday afternoon at Ted Grant Field.

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.

For the full recap from last week, please click here.

Last Meeting vs. LIU Post
Wednesday's meeting will renew an old regional rivalry that dates back to 2000, as the Warriors and Pioneers square off for the first time since 2007 in the fifth installment of the Merrimack-LIU Post series.

The last time the two schools squared off was March 24, 2007, in New York, as the Warriors fell by a 9-4 margin against then-fifth-ranked C.W. Post. The Pioneers carried a 4-0 lead into the break before Merrimack cut the deficit to 6-3 after three; LIU, however, would score three of the game's final four goals to wrap up the win.

Merrimack has never won in four previous times against the Pioneers and will look to buck that skid tomorrow.

The Warriors:

  • Enter Wednesday with a 4-3 overall record, but all three losses have come against teams ranked No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 in the USILA National Rankings
  • Merrimack is still a perfect 4-0 at home and will be looking to an extend a streak of 15 straight regular season home wins dating back to April 19, 2011
  • Average 39.29 ground balls per game, the third-highest average in the entire country
  • Also average 10.00 goals per game on offense while yielding 7.29 per game on defense

The Pioneers:

  • Enter Wednesday with a 5-2 overall mark and a No. 9 national ranking according to the latest USILA polls
  • Are coming off a 10-9 conference win against Chestnut Hill last Saturday after falling to Molloy a week earlier
  • Are one of the country's top defensive squads, yielding 6.57 goals per game (third-fewest nationally)
  • Also have been nearly impeccable on clears, boasting a .924 clear percentage to date, the second-highest mark in the country
  • Boast three 20-point scorers, led by Ryan Slane's 17-11—28 scoring line and Matty Beccaris' 13 goals and 15 assists (28 points)
  • In net, T.J. DiCarlo has started all seven contests and owns a 6.18 GAA and .600 SV%

Up Next
Merrimack returns to league play for the rest of the 2014 regular season starting Saturday, as the Warriors travel to Southern New Hampshire for an NE-10 clash at 1 p.m.

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