The Mack Report

Lacrosse: Merrimack Hosts St. Michaels on Saturday (4pm)


Returning home and seeking its third straight victory in Northeast-10 Conference play, the eighth-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team welcomes Saint Michael’s to campus for a Saturday (March 15) afternoon showdown at Martone-Mejail Field. First whistle is set for 4 p.m.

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The Basics
 Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 4 p.m.
Records: #8 Merrimack (2-1, 2-0 NE-10)
 | Saint Michael’s (0-2, 0-0 NE-10)
 Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out:
Trailing by four-goal margins on two separate occasions, Merrimack roared back with four goals over the last five minutes of regulation and clawed to within one with 1:22 to play, but fifth-ranked Limestone repelled the late charge and held on to hand the Warriors their first loss of the season, 8-7, last Sunday afternoon at Loyola Blakefield High School in Maryland.

In a matchup that featured two of the top teams from the North and South region, respectively, Merrimack and Limestone traded goals over the course of the first half, highlighted by the Warriors answering a 3-1 deficit with two straight tallies to draw even before the Saints responded with one of their own, as Merrimack entered halftime down only by a goal (4-3).

The deciding frame of the game, however, was the third, as Limestone put up three markers in the span of 2:44 and kept Merrimack in check the entirety of the quarter, putting the Saints on top by four (7-3) heading into the final stanza.

Merrimack would outscore Limestone, 4-1, in the fourth, but it was too little, too late.

For the full recap from Sunday, please click here.

Last Season vs. Saint Michael’s
In a matchup of two nationally ranked teams, Merrimack (#7) made the northward trek up to ninth-ranked Saint Michael’s and picked up a huge road win, 10-8, last April in Colchester, Vt.

Merrimack erased an early 2-1 deficit with two goals just over a minute apart late in the first to take a 3-2 lead and then responded from another one-goal deficit in the second to head into halftime with a 5-4 advantage.

The Warriors took a two-goal cushion (7-5) into the final frame before building up a three-goal lead down the stretch to hand the Purple Knights’ their first conference loss back on April 23, 2013.

Former Warrior Corey Lunney (’13) paced the offense with five points (4g, 1a), while current Merrimack midfielder Kyle Guilbert added two more scores while finishing with three points alongside then-senior Greg Melaugh (1g, 2a). In net, Connor Reagan (’13) came up with eight saves while Patrick Coskren (’13) went 14-for-21 on the X.

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

The Warriors:

  • Are playing their third home game in four tries (2-0 previously)
  • Lead the country in ground balls per game (47.33) and scoring defense (4.33)
  • Also lead the NE-10 in faceoff percentage (71.7%), the second-best mark nationally
  • Sophomore Andrew Walsh leads the NE-10 and ranks second in the country in the X (78.6%)
  • Morgan Green ranks fifth in the NE-10 with a .522 SV% between the pipes; he also has allowed the fewest total goals (11) and owns the lowest GAA (5.50) among all qualifying goalkeepers

The Purple Knights:

  • Head into Saturday winless after two losses against ranked teams – #13 Molloy and #13 NYIT
  • Allowed 12 goals in both of those games while scoring six total in that span
  • Are led offensively by Tim McDonald and Cooper Quenneville, who each have tallied four goals
  • In net, sophomore T.J. Bicknell and senior Andrew Landers have started a game apiece; the former owns a .520 SV% (13 saves) while the other came up with 10 in his start (.455 SV%)