MANCHESTER, N.H.- The Merrimack men's soccer team suffered a 4-3 overtime loss to Saint Anselm Thursday afternoon. The Warriors fall to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the Northeast-10. Saint Anselm improves to 3-6-1 on the year and 3-3-1 against conference opponents.
Senior Ben Paradis (Tiverton, R.I.) opened the scoring 19 minutes into the contest, tallying his first goal of the 2010 season. Merrimack held the 1-0 lead for less than 10 minutes as Saint Anselm notched an equalizer at the 28 minute mark.
The two teams headed into halftime deadlocked at a goal apiece. The Hawks would jump ahead 2-1 in the opening minutes of the second half.
The Warriors tied the score on Adam Leone's (East Northport, N.Y.) second goal of the season. Leone buried a loose ball in front of the cage to knot the game at 2-2 with 20 minutes remaining.
Less than three minutes later, Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, Ontario) netted his team-leading eighth goal of the year to make the score 3-2 in favor of Merrimack.
The Hawks battled back and tallied their third goal of the match with nine seconds on the clock. Keesan Howe's second goal of the season sent the match into overtime.
Saint Anselm fired six shots in the extra frame. Joshua Rocco knocked in a rebound to give the Hawks a 4-3 win.
The Warriors attempted 22 shots in the match while Saint Anselm managed 15. Eleven of Merrimack's 22 shots were on target while the Hawks fired seven shots on goal.
Kevin Joyce (Mansfield, Mass.) made four saves between the posts for Merrimack. Eric Moriarty turned aside nine shots in the contest for Saint Anselm.
Merrimack returns to Warrior Field to host New Haven in a Northeast-10 match, October 9.