The Mack Report

Lacrosse: Merrimack Hosts AIC Saturday

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Looking to stay unbeaten both at home and in Northeast-10 Conference play, the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team welcomes American Int’l to campus for a Saturday afternoon clash at Martone-Mejail Field.

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The Basics
Date/Time:
 Saturday, March 22, 2014 | 1 p.m.
Records: #8 Merrimack (3-2, 3-0 NE-10)
 | American Int’l (0-7, 0-3 NE-10)
Location:
 Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out: Dowling 10, Merrimack 9 (3/19/14)
Trailing by three at the half, Merrimack rallied all the way back and took a one-goal lead into the final quarter, but No. 6 Dowling stormed ahead with four tallies in the final frame, as the Warriors fell, 10-9, on the road in a showcase of two of the North Region’s top teams on Wednesday afternoon. Both Andrew Vivian and Paul Jones finished with three goals apiece.

With Merrimack on top by one (7-6) after three quarters, Dowling benefitted from a pair of extra-man opportunities potted a pair of man-up goals – both by Matt Crough – to tie and, subsequently, go ahead by one with just under 11 minutes to go.

Senior Paul Jones buried his third tally of the day 90 seconds later to draw even, but Dowling responded with the next two goals, including the game-winner with 44 seconds left. SophomoreRyan Poirier brought the visitors to within one thanks to a last-gasp marker, but it was too little, too late, as Merrimack was unable to generate a potential game-tying shot after winning the ensuing faceoff before time expired.

For the full recap from Wednesday, please click here.

Last Season vs. AIC
Behind a seven-point performance from former Warrior Corey Lunney, Merrimack outscored AIC by a 13-2 margin over the last three quarters, as the Warriors defeated the Yellow Jackets, 15-4, last March 23, 2013, in Springfield, Mass.

The Merrimack defense helped preserve the victory, holding the Yellow Jackets without a goal for a 31-minute stretch between the second and fourth periods. For the game, the Merrimack defense forced 22 AIC turnovers, as well.

The Warriors finished with a 66-16 advantage in shot attempts and went 5-for-8 in man-up situations, as well.

For the full recap from last season, please click here!

The Warriors:

  • Have yet to lose a league game and a home contest this season, entering Saturday perfect in both situations at 3-0
  • Own the nation’s top-ranked scoring defense (4.5 GAA) and lead the country in ground balls per game (45.5)
  • Sophomore Andrew Walsh ranks second nationally in faceoff win percentage (71.0%)
  • Freshman Tucker Schwarz – the three-time NE-10 Rookie of the Week – leads a balanced attack with 14 points (7g, 7a), while senior Paul Jones represents the team’s other double-digit scorer with 10 points (4g, 6a)
  • Junior Morgan Green and freshman Dom Madonna have split time in net; Green owns a 6.33 GAA and .537 SV%, while the rookie Madonna has posted a 4.77 GAA and .609 SV%

The Yellow Jackets:

  • Are in search of their first win of the season, entering Saturday 0-7 overall with an 0-3 mark in league play
  • Two closest contests were two-point losses at Post (11-9) and home against Bentley (8-6)
  • Justin Bard represents the team’s highest scorer, leading the Yellow Jackets with 20 points (13g, 7a); Bobby Spano (12-5—17) and Eric Overdahl (6-5—11) also are in double figures in scoring
  • In net, Perry Booker has started all seven contests, logging 420:00 with a 13.00 GAA and .524 SV%

Up Next
Merrimack returns to action next Tuesday, March 25, as it prepares for its biggest contest of the season to date; the Warriors will travel to top-ranked and reigning national champion Le Moyne for a huge midweek NE-10 clash in Syracuse, N.Y. Opening faceoff is set for 4 p.m.