SOPHOMORE TIM TOWLER REGISTERS CAREER-HIGH FOUR-GOAL PERFORMANCE IN WIN SATURDAY
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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Paced by a season- and career-high four-goal performance from sophomore Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.), the eighth-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team wrapped up a two-win week with a dominant 15-6 victory at Southern New Hampshire in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday at Larkin Field.
Score: #8 Merrimack 15, Southern N.H. 6
Records: #8 Merrimack (6-3, 5-1 NE-10) | Southern N.H. (2-6, 2-4 NE-10)
Location: Larkin Field | Manchester, N.H.
What They Said
Head Coach Mike Morgan: "Today's win – and really this whole week – gave us some great momentum going forward. We showed a great blend of balanced scoring with a stingy defensive performance. The effort was great and the guys came in very focused. We certainly didn't have any letdown from the LIU Post game and the guys came out strong against a good team in SNHU. Now we have to get focused for a big game at Bentley on Wednesday."
How It Happened
Fueled by a dominant performance to start the game, the Warriors roared out of the gate by outscoring the hosts, 7-1, in the opening quarter to set the tone and added eight more goals over the rest of the way to cruise to a nine-goal victory.
Two of Towler's four markers came in the opening 15 minutes, including the game's first tally at 13:09 and another one with 2:37 to go. The sophomore middie then wrapped up his hat trick with a third strike in the third frame before blasting an unassisted goal with 2:55 left in the third quarter to wrap up his career day.
Towler was one of four multi-goal scorers for the Warriors, who also saw senior Mike Perdie (Wading River, N.Y.), sophomore Corey Davidson (Pembroke, Mass.) and freshman sensation Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) each tally two goals apiece, as well. Freshman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.), senior Paul Jones (Guilderland, N.Y.), sophomore Scott Corcoran (Haverhill, Mass.), junior Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.), and senior Paul Gallagher (Simsbury, Conn.) all added a goal as well to pace the Warriors on offense, while junior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.) finished with a team-high two assists.
In net, freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) turned in possibly his finest performance yet in registering a career-high 10 saves over 45 minutes before junior Morgan Green (Portsmouth, R.I.) and senior Sean Payne (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) split the final 15 minutes.
Inside The Numbers
- Merrimack's special teams were dominant Saturday, finishing 1-for-2 in man-up situations and, even more impressively, killing off all five of SNHU's extra-man opportunities
- Merrimack also controlled the shot chart comfortably, outshooting the hosts by a 42-26 margin, including 28-18 on net
- Sophomore faceoff specialist Andrew Walsh (Derry, N.H.) dominated the X by winning 16-of-19 battles, as Merrimack comfortably won 19-of-24 meetings on the X over the course of the contest
- Both sides finished with 13 turnovers apiece, as junior defenseman Andy Basler (Chelmsford, Mass.) was credited with the lone caused turnover of the day for the Warriors
- Merrimack was successful on 11-of-14 clears and held a 38-23 advantage in ground balls, as well
The Warriors continue league play this coming Wednesday with a tough road trip at nearby rival Bentley. First whistle from Waltham, Mass., is set for 7 p.m.