WARRIORS STAVE OFF PESKY FALCONS, WIN THIRD STRAIGHT IN NE-10 WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASH
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WALTHAM, Mass. – With the game tied at six apiece early in the final stanza, senior Preseason All-American Mike Perdie (Wading River, N.Y.) found the twine at the 12:59 mark to lead the seventh-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team to a gutsy 7-6 victory over a tough Bentley squad on Wednesday night at the Bentley Turf Complex.
Score: #7 Merrimack 7, Bentley 6
Records: #7 Merrimack (7-3, 6-1 NE-10) | Bentley (5-4, 5-2 NE-10)
Location: Bentley Turf Complex | Waltham, Mass.
What They Said
Head Coach Mike Morgan: "It was a gutsy win, Bentley is a talented team at home and have always played us tough in this rivalry. It's certainly a tough road win, [freshman goalkeeper] Dom [Madonna] was great in net and the defense had to get a few late stops."
How It Happened
After being outscored 2-0 in the opening stanza, Merrimack ripped off four uninterrupted goals over a span of nine minutes to start the second quarter to take a lead it would never relinquish. Bentley stopped the bleeding with its third goal of the game with 5:01 left in the half, but the Warriors had the last laugh before the break, as junior Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) sent the visitors into the locker room ahead by two (5-3) with his only marker of the game at the 2:44 mark.
But the Falcons, who were receiving votes in the latest USILA National Rankings, stole that momentum right back with a strong start to the third quarter; Bentley drew to within one on a man-up goal just 50 seconds into the second half before drawing even at 11:03. Then, with 2:44 left, John Wheeler would push the Falcons ahead with his third goal of the contest, but sophomore Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) responded just over a minute later to send the match into the fourth period all even at 6-6.
That set the stage for Perdie, who made his only goal of the game stand as the game-winner with just under 13 minutes to play. Equipped with that one-goal lead, freshman goalkeeper Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) came up with three of his career-high 11 saves over the remainder of regulation while the Warrior defense forced two Bentley turnovers to hang on for the win.
Inside The Numbers
- Once again, Merrimack spread the wealth on offense; Towler was the only multi-goal scorer for the Warriors, who also saw Perdie, senior Paul Jones (Guilderland, N.Y.), freshman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.), Guilbert and junior Andy Basler (Chelmsford, Mass.) all score once
- Madonna's 11-save performance runs the freshman netminder's current double-digit save streak to two after turning in 10 stops at SNHU on Saturday; he also finished with a save percentage of 64.7 %
- Bentley held advantages in shot attempts (39-28), shots on goal (17-16), faceoffs won (10-of-16) and ground balls (25-22), but the Warriors limited the hosts to just 1-of-5 on man-up opportunities while finishing 1-for-3 themselves
- Merrimack was harried into 19 turnovers and was successful on 15-of-23 clears, a season-low 65.2 percent
The Warriors remain on the road Saturday (April 12) when they trek down to Pleasantville, N.Y., for a conference tilt at Pace University. First faceoff is set for 12 p.m.