JUNIOR KYLE GUILBERT (3G, 1A) POSTED TEAM-HIGH FOUR POINTS IN WINNING EFFORT WEDNESDAY
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Junior attackman Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) led the hosts with four points, as the eighth-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team returned home for the first time in two weeks and pulled away in the second half, as the Warriors won their fifth straight game, 13-7, over Saint Anselm on Wednesday night at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: #8 Merrimack 13, Saint Anselm 7
Records: #8 Merrimack (9-3, 8-1 NE-10) | Saint Anselm (5-7, 4-5 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
NE-10 Playoff Outlook
Top-six qualify; top-two receive byes (conference records shown)
- Adelphi (9-0)
- Le Moyne (8-1)
- Merrimack (8-1) Loses head-to-head vs. Le Moyne
- Bentley (6-3)
- So. New Hampshire (5-4)
- Franklin Pierce (4-5)
- Saint Anselm (4-5)
- Saint Michael's (3-6)
How It Happened
Playing in its first home game since the one-goal victory over ninth-ranked LIU Post that spurred its current wink streak, the Warriors welcomed Saint A's to town in search of its fifth straight victory on Wednesday and were tested plenty through 45 minutes of play before pulling away late.
After Merrimack scored the first three goals of the game in less than a seven-minute span, the Hawks willed themselves out of that three-goal deficit and turned it into a two-goal lead, as Saint A's Ryan Mee caught fire and scored 4-of-5 goals in a span from the midpoint of the first period into the 7:33 mark of the second, as the visitors ripped off five uninterrupted markers to go ahead by two (5-3) midway through the second stanza.
Merrimack would return the favor with three straight goals to close out the half, as Guilbert buried two of his three tallies in dramatic fashion, including a gritty, unassisted goal with 1:23 left in the second quarter to put the hosts ahead by one going into the break.
Both sides' defenses kept each other at bay during the third quarter with the exception of a lone goal by freshman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) before the Warriors, who led by just two entering the final quarter, went off for six tallies over the final 15 minutes, including three off the stick of junior transfer Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.), as Merrimack outscored the Hawks, 6-2, in the last period to account for the six-goal final margin of victory.
Inside The Numbers
- Along with Guilbert and Vivian, Schwarz also boasted a hat trick of his own Wednesday night, while senior Mike Perdie (Wading River, N.Y.), junior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.), sophomore Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) and freshman Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) each registered goals of their own
- Perdie's two assists were the most among any Warrior on Wednesday, while senior Paul Jones (Guilderland, N.Y.), Guilbert and Allen each dished one assist apiece, as well
- In net, freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) finished with his fourth consecutive double-digit save performance, out-dueling Saint A's starter James O'Neill, 13-9, in stops
- Rookie Danny Loprete (Watertown, Mass.) was brilliant on the X, winning a gutsy 12-of-24 faceoffs and collecting four ground balls
- Merrimack finished with a 49-37 advantage in shot attempts and 22-20 edge in shots on goal while going 1-for-2 with the man advantage and keeping Saint A's off the board on their four man-up tries
The Warriors wrap up their regular season home slate with a tough test against the top-ranked team in the conference and country, as Merrimack welcomes No. 1 Adelphi to town for a Saturday (April 19) afternoon Senior Day showdown starting at 4 p.m.