#8 Men's Lacrosse Upends Sixth-Seeded Saint A's, 14-6, Advances to NE-10 Semifinals
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Sophomore midfielder Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) buried a career-high five goals for the hosts, leading the third-seeded and No. 8 Merrimack College men's lacrosse team to a 14-6 blowout victory at home over sixth-seeded Saint Anselm in the opening round of the 2014 Northeast-10 Men's Lacrosse Championship on Tuesday night at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: #8 Merrimack 14, Saint Anselm 6
Records: #8 Merrimack (11-4) | Saint Anselm (6-9)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Entering the NE-10 Championship as the No. 3 seed, Merrimack blew past Saint Anselm by outscoring the Hawks in every quarter in Tuesday's first round, including a 7-2 edge in the first to set the tone.
The Warriors took that five-goal lead and made it a seven-goal edge after 30 minutes before both sides traded goals in the third; leading by a 12-5 margin after 45 minutes, Merrimack wrapped up its first postseason victory since a 13-12 NE-10 Semifinal win in 2012 with two more goals in the final frame to account for the final margin of victory.
Towler's five markers led all players on the turf Tuesday and highlighted a group of eight total Warriors who find the twine, including two-goal efforts from junior Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.) and freshman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.), as well as individual tallies off the sticks of senior Mike Perdie (Wading River, N.Y.), junior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.), sophomore Ryan Poirier (Warwick, R.I.), sophomore Scott Corcoran (Haverhill, Mass.), and senior Paul Gallagher (Simsbury, Conn.).
In net, freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) improved to 9-2 on the year after posting eight saves, while junior Morgan Green (Portsmouth, R.I.) manned the final 4:45 in net and added three saves in a quick span.
Inside The Numbers
- Merrimack outshot Saint A's by a 48-34 margin on the night, including a 27-17 edge in shots on goal
- The Warrior defense finished with five caused turnovers, including a team-high two disruptions from freshman Brennen Morin (Wilbraham, Mass.)
- Merrimack controlled the ground balls category (39-32) and was successful on 20-of-24 clears, with Corcoran scooping up a team-high 10 ground balls
- Merrimack's man-up offense went 2-for-4 on the night while holding Saint A's off the board on five extra-man opportunities for the Hawks
With the win Tuesday, Merrimack will take its talents to Syracuse, N.Y., to square off with reigning league and national champion Le Moyne, the No. 2 seed in this year's NE-10 Championship, on Friday (May 2). Opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.