WARRIORS NEARLY RALLY FROM SIX-GOAL DEFICIT, FALL IN REGULAR SEASON HOME FINALE
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Trailing by six goals in the second quarter, the eighth-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team clawed all the way back and pulled to within a goal with five minutes in regulation, but top-ranked and unbeaten Adelphi held on late to hand the Warriors their first home loss of the season, a 12-10 setback on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon.
Score: #1 Adelphi 12, #8 Merrimack 10
Records: #8 Merrimack (9-4, 8-2 NE-10) | #1 Adelphi (13-0, 10-0 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
After Merrimack honored its 10-member senior class with a special Senior Day ceremony prior to first whistle, Adelphi stormed out of the gate with five of the game's first six goals, outscoring the Warriors by a 5-1 margin over the first 15 minutes before adding three more in the second quarter to take an 8-3 lead into the intermission.
Merrimack, however, set the tone early in the second half with back-to-back goals by seniors Paul Jones (Guilerland, N.Y.) and Mike Perdie (Wading River, N.Y.) to get the Warriors to within three before Adelphi added a late third-quarter goal to head into the final period with a 9-5 advantage.
That was when the hosts began their rally, starting with back-to-back goals from freshman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) and junior Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.) just 55 seconds apart to make it a 9-7 game before Adelphi responded with an unassisted tally to push the lead back to three.
Then, while on a man advantage, sophomore Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) got the Warriors back to within two before classmate Ryan Poirier (Warwick, R.I.), who was playing in his first game in nearly a month due to injury, made it a one-goal game with 6:24 remaining.
Adelphi benefitted from a turnover in the Merrimack defensive end to get a key goal with 5:58 remaining, but Vivian brought the home crowd to life with his third marker of the game with 5:25 to go to once again make it a one-goal margin.
That, however, was the closet Merrimack would get, as Adelphi turned away the Warriors' last few chances before getting a key insurance goal with 1:19 left before running out the clock.
Inside The Numbers
- Vivian led all Warriors and tied Adelphi's Savatore Tuttle with five points on the day, finishing with three goals and two assists
- Also scoring for Merrimack on Saturday were freshman Jack Trask (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Schwarz, Jones, Poirier (1g, 1a), Towler and freshman Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.); junior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.) also tallied an assist for the Warriors
- Freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) finished with yet another double-digit save performance, turning away 12 Adelphi shots
- Adelphi held a 42-35 advantage in shot attempts, but just a 24-23 edge in shots on target
- Each side registered a man-up goal, with Merrimack's extra-man unit finishing 1-for-5 while holding Adelphi's to 1-for-3
- Merrimack caused 10 Adelphi turnovers, including a game-high three caused miscues by se nior Connor Whittemore (Walpole, Mass.) and two each by Towler and senior Brandon Waiter (Westport, Conn.)
Merrimack will enjoy a week-long hiatus before concluding the regular season next Saturday at Assumption. First whistle is set for 1 p.m.