WARRIORS AIM FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT 'W' WITH SATURDAY TEST AT PACE
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Wrapping up a season-long three-game road trip, the seventh-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team travels down to New York for a Saturday (April 12) afternoon test against Northeast-10 Conference foe Pace University at 12 p.m.
Date/Time: Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 12 p.m.
Records: #7 Merrimack (7-3, 6-1 NE-10) | Pace (2-6, 1-6 NE-10)
Location: Pace Field | Pleasantville, N.Y.
Last Time Out: Perdie's Fourth-Quarter Tally Sends Merrimack to Gutsy Road Win at Bentley
With the game tied at six apiece early in the final stanza, senior Preseason All-American Mike Perdie found the twine at the 12:59 mark to lead Merrimack to a gutsy 7-6 victory over a tough Bentley squad on Wednesday night at the Bentley Turf Complex.
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, entering the locker room ahead by two (5-3). The Falcons stole that momentum right back with a strong start to the third quarter and eventually took the lead before sophomore Tim Towler 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 goalkeeperDom Madonna 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.
For the full recap from Wednesday, please click here!
Last Season vs. Pace:
Guided by a seven-point performance by former Warrior All-American Corey Lunney ('13), Merrimack blew out Pace, 13-6, last April in North Andover.
Merrimack outscored the setters by a 5-0 margin in the second period to take an 8-1 advantage into the locker room and never let that lead grow less than seven the rest of the way. Lunney's four goals led all players while tying Towler for the game lead in assists with three. In net, former Warrior Connor Reagan ('13) turned in nine saves while Merrimack went a perfect 13-for-13 in clears and faceoff specialist Patrick Coskren ('13) went 18-for-21 on the X.
For the full recap from last season, please click here!
- Enter Saturday with a 6-1 record in the league standings, tied for second with Le Moyne
- Average 10.30 goals per game (3rd/NE-10) while allowing 7.30 (2nd/NE-10); also boast a 31.4% man-up percentage (4th) and a 58.7% win percentage on faceoffs (2nd)
- Freshman Tucker Schwarz is the team's leader in offense and team's only 20-point scorer (13g, 11a), while classmate Max Allen's 14 goals stand as most on the squad
- Freshman Dom Madonna has settled into the starting role in net and ranks third in the league in goals-against average (7.13)
- Have gone just 2-6 on the year and rank 11th in the league standings with only one conference win in seven tries
- Have lost their last two contests by a combined two goals, including a 6-5 defeat at Saint Rose earlier in the week
- Matt Gebhardt is among the league's leader in assists, ranking tied for second with 18 helpers on the year
Merrimack finally returns to North Andover for its first home game in two weeks next Wednesday (April 16) when the Warriors welcome Saint Anselm to town for the only night game of the regular season at Martone-Mejail Field. Opening faceoff under the lights is sets for 7 p.m.