October 30, 2013

Men’s Soccer Hosts Franklin Pierce for NE-10 Showdown on Senior Night

MERRIMACK'S THREE-MEMBER SENIOR CLASS WILL BE HONORED TONIGHT IN HOME FINALE

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Playing in its final home game of the regular season, the Merrimack College men's soccer team will seek its sixth straight win when it welcomes Franklin Pierce University for a Northeast-10 Conference showdown on Wednesday night at Martone-Mejail Field. Prior to the game, head coach Tony Martone and the Athletic Department will honor the team's three seniors as part of Senior Night.

The Basics
Date/Time:
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Records:
Merrimack (12-3, 10-2) | Franklin Pierce (8-6, 7-4)
Location:
 Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out
The Warriors continued their five game winning streak for the second time this season after senior forward Francis Mulkern (Scituate, Mass.) scored the lone goal for the Warriors.

After a throw in, American International managed to chip the ball towards sophomore Ronald Ried (Schwendi, Germany) who found junior forward Ryan Miller (Holden, Mass.). Miller was able to get his head on the ball as he collided with a Yellow Jacket defender and directed it to Mulkern. The ball fell at the feet of Mulkern, who then split between two American International defenders to find the upper right corner of the net to give the Warriors the 1-0 lead

Mulkern's tally would hold up through the remainder of the contest, as Merrimack again controlled possession for much of the second. Merrimack recorded a 5-2 shot advantage in the second stanza and a 14-6 edge for the game.

The Class of 2014:

Prior to first whistle tonight, the Merrimack College Athletics Department will honor the men's sccer team's three-member senior class: Daniel Holland (Dryden, N.Y), Mattias Drummond (Partille, Sweden), and Francis Mulkern.

The senior class enters Tuesday's game with a career 45-22-6 record, good for a winning percentage of .633 over a span of 73 games since the beginning of the 2010 season. After a 15 win campaign during their junior year and Merrimack's first trip to the NCAA Tournament last season, these seniors have played a pivotal role in the warriors success. As a team, the Navy and Gold have clinched the No. 2 spot in the conference standings heading into the NE-10 Conference Championship next week.

Last Season Against the Ravens

  • Merrimack defeated Franklin Pierce, 1-0 during the regular season.
  • Sophomore Douglas Searl (Westford, Mass.) scored the game's only goal in the 79th minute.
  • The Warriors posted a slim 10-9 advantage in total shot attempts, as well as a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
  • Both teams combined for 25 fouls, with Merrimack leading in that category, 13-12.

2012 Postseason Against the Ravens

  • Merrimack defeated Franklin Pierce, 1-0 in the NE-10 Championship Semifinals last season.
  • Searl scored his third goal of the season against the Ravens in the 19th minute of play.
  • Jose Silva (Northborough, Mass.) was unbreakable between the pipes, as the Merrimack netminder posted three saves for his 10th shutout of the season.
  • Franklin Pierce outshot Merrimack by a 10-8 margin while the Warriors held a 5-2 lead in corner kicks.

NE-10 Standings
Top eight qualify for postseason 

1. So. New Hampshire (12-0)
2. Merrimack (10-2)
3. Adelphi (9-3)
4. So. Connecticut (7-3-1)
5. Franklin Pierce (7-4)
T6. Le Moyne (6-5)
T6.Bentley (6-5)
T8. Saint Rose (5-6)
T8. Saint Michael's (5-6)
10. American Int'l (3-7-2)
11. Stonehill (3-7-1)
12. Assumption (1-8-2)
T13.Saint Anselm (1-10)
T13. New Haven (1-10)

Merrimack has already clinched a spot in the NE-10 Championships and will be no lower than the No. 2 seed in the eight-team field. Merrimack will open up the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 5, against an opponent yet to be determined.

The Warriors:

  • Have won five in a row and outscored the opponent by a 10-2 margin during the span.
  • As a team, Merrimack averages 13.31 shots-per game and 0.60 goals per game allowed.
  • In goal, Silva ranks third in the NE-10 with .857 save percentage.
  • This is the second time this season that the Navy and Gold have gone on a 5-0 winning streak.

The Ravens:

  • As a team, they are currently ranked second averaging 18.1 shots-per game and tallying 114 shots on goal.
  • Forward Gareth Dudney leads the team with five goals and 12 points.
  • In the NE-10 Conference standings, the Ravens are placed fifth, just a game behind Southern Connecticut.
  • Keeper Sam Meza ranks fourth in the NE-10 with an. 831 save percentage.

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