COLCHESTER, Vt. – Eleven different goal-scorers – with three of those players recording hat tricks – and seven multi-point performances highlighted a season-high showing by the offense, as the second-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team overpowered Saint Michael’s College in a 20-6 road win over the Purple Knights on Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Field.
Score: Merrimack 20, Saint Michael’s 6
Records: #2 Merrimack (5-1, 3-1 NE10) | Saint Michael’s (1-3, 0-3 NE10)
Location: Duffy Field | Colchester, Vt.
- Merrimack needed only 43 seconds before scoring the game’s first goal, but the hosts drew even less than 20 seconds later. However, the Warriors were quick to respond with the go-ahead goal at the 13:16 mark of the opening frame, and the visitors would enver trail from there on out.
- The Warriors built a 3-1 lead after 15 minutes and then outscored Saint Michael’s by an 8-1 margin in the second quarter to open up an 11-2 lead at the break.
- In the third quarter, the Navy and Gold built their lead to as high as 12 (14-2) before the Purple Knights scored their first two goals in over 40 minutes at the 3:37 mark of the frame. They would net another one before the period ended to cut the deficit to 10 (14-4) heading to the fourth.
- While Merrimack cycled in many of its reserve players throughout the second half of the contest, Saint Michael’s was able to get to as close as eight goals (14-6), but the Warriors would close out the game with six straight strikes to close out the contest.
Highlights and Notables
- Merrimack posted its first 20-goal output since – coincidentally enough – its last meeting against Saint Michael’s at home just over a year ago. Even more coincidental was the fact that the score in that game was identical to Tuesday’s score.
- Highlighting Merrimack’s offense were hat tricks from freshman Charlie Bertrand (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), junior Kyle Stenberg (Annandale, N.J.) and sophomore Seamus Ford (Walpole, Mass.); it marked Bertrand’s sixth straight hat trick, while it was also the fourth and second for Stenberg and Ford, respectively.
- Senior Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.), junior Dean Prouty (Hanover, Mass.) and freshman Dom Thomas (Wrentham, Mass.) all had a pair of goals on Tuesday, as well; Thomas also had two helpers to tie his single-game career-high in scoring with a four-point afternoon.
- Senior Danny Loprete (Watertown, Mass.) and sophomore Jacob Howes (Trumbull, Conn.) each recorded their first goals of the season on Tuesday, while sophomore transfer Vin Ferretti (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded his first point in a Merrimack uniform.
- Sophomore Michael O’Connell (Sudbury, Mass.) had a two-point afternoon (1g, 1a), while senior John Bassett (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and junior Joey Diaco (West Deptford, N.J.) also scored.
- On the defensive front, junior defenseman Eric Coburn (Londonderry, N.H.) caused a career-high four turnovers; in net, freshman Nick Ponte (North Reading, Mass.) made his Merrimack debut in the second half, recording three saves.
Team Leaders (MC // SMC)
- Points: Stenberg/Thomas (4) // Ralph Grillone III (3)
- Goals: Bertrand/Stenberg/Ford (3) // Grillone III (2)
- Assists: Thomas (2) // Four players (1)
- Faceoffs: Loprete (7-of-13) // Justin Richmond (15-of-25)
- Ground Balls: Loprete (5) // Matt Cotter (6)
- Caused Turnovers: Eric Coburn (4) // Neil Gallagher (4)
- Saves: Edward Hellier (5-for-7)/Ponte (3-for-7) // Matt Hanley (6-for-26)
Team Comparisons (MC // SMC)
- EMO: 3-6 // 0-3
- Shot Attempts (SOG): 38 (26) // 28 (14)
- Ground Balls: 34 // 34
- Clears: 25-28 // 17-21
- Turnovers: 18 // 25
Merrimack concludes its two-game road trip when it visits sixth-ranked Adelphi on Saturday (April 1) beginning at 12 p.m.
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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