WARRIORS NEARLY SQUANDER SIX-GOAL LEAD BEFORE VIVIAN'S OT TALLY NOTCHES FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – After squandering a six-goal lead early in the third period, the seventh-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team needed a fourth-period goal to send the contest to overtime before junior Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.) won the match with a sudden-victory tally, as the Warriors survived a scare from Pace University in a Saturday afternoon Northeast-10 Conference matchup at Pace Field.
Score: #7 Merrimack 11, Pace 10 (F/OT)
Records: #7 Merrimack (8-3, 7-1 NE-10)
Location: Pace Field | Pleasantville, N.Y.
What They Said
Head Coach Mike Morgan: "Give Pace credit, they're very tough, well coached and talented. That's a tough road game for us and we saw how hard they played Adelphi in the same type of situation. They had a great game plan and played us hard. We need to clean up our play and hopefully start to get healthy next week."
How It Happened
Merrimack built itself a three-goal lead at the intermission and stretched that advantage to six (8-2) five minutes into the third period before the Setters mounted an epic comeback, tallying six uninterrupted markers to draw even and then took the lead in the fourth quarter after back-to-back goals, putting the Warriors suddenly in a come-from-behind situation.
Down by one, freshman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) ripped home his second goal of the game with 8:53 to play to get the Warriors back even at 10-all, and from there on out neither side would score thanks to four saves from Pace goalkeeper Timothy Izzo and a pair of stops from freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) over the remainder of regulation to set up a winner-take-all situation in overtime.
After Pace won the opening faceoff in overtime, the Setters had their chance to win it if not for a huge stop by Madonna at the 3:24 mark of the period. Then, with the Warriors in possession, Vivian rang the post with 2:19 to go but junior defenseman Andy Basler (Chelmsford, Mass.) caused a turnover on the ensuing clear. Merrimack's next shot was again stopped by Izzo before Pace turned it over again.
On his next chance, Vivian would not miss, as the junior transfer buried the game-deciding strike with just 1:08 to play in overtime to send the Warriors to their fourth straight win in walk-off fashion.
Inside The Numbers
- Vivian and Schwarz represented two of Merrimack's four performers who finished with two goals apiece; joining them were senior Mike Perdie (Wading River, N.Y.) and sophomore middie Corey Davidson (Pembroke, Mass.), while junior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.), sophomore Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) and sophomore James Caruso (Needham, Mass.) also contributed a goal apiece
- Madonna would finish with a career-high 17 saves, upping Izzo's total of 15 by two
- On the X, freshman Danny Loprete (Watertown, Mass.) won 5-of-8 battles to lead the Warriors
- Each side finished with one man-up goal apiece, with the Warriors going 1-for-3 and Pace finishing 1-for-6
- Merrimack held advantages in total shots (43-35) and caused eight Pace turnovers, including two each caused by Basler and sophomore Scott Corcoran (Haverhill, Mass.)
- The Warriors were successful on 24-of-27 clears while Pace owned a 27-23 edge in ground balls
Winners of four in a row, Merrimack finally returns to campus for its last two home contests of the regular season starting with a Wednesday night (April 16) matchup under the lights against Saint Anselm. First whistle is set for 7 p.m.