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Merrimack’s Thomas, Bartlett Named NE10 Lacrosse Rookie of the Week Awards

For the first time in his impressive debut season as a Warrior, freshman attack Christian Thomas has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league on Tuesday.

Thomas makes it seven times in 11 weeks that a Warrior has earned NE10 Rookie of the Week accolades, with the other six occasions going to classmate Sean Black. Between those seven accolades and four combined Player of the Week awards, a Merrimack student-athlete has earned 11 total major weekly honors this season.

Thomas was Merrimack’s lead scorer on the week, potting a career-high seven points in the Warriors’ only game played. He distributed four helpers and had a hat trick in Merrimack’s win over Saint Michael’s on Saturday, which wrapped up a regular season that saw the team finish 13-1 and earn the No. 2 seed in this week’s NE10 Championship.

Altogether, Thomas has been nearly as dynamic of a playmaking presence for the Warriors, and alongside Black and sophomore Charlie Bertrand has helped form easily the most productive attacking unit not only in the conference, but the country. In particular, Thomas ranks seventh nationally averaging 2.14 assists per game and ranks third on the team in overall scoring with 51 points on 21 goals and 30 helpers. He has at least one point in every game this season, including four games with five or more points.

Merrimack will host the NE10 Semifinals on Friday (May 4) against the winner of the Adelphi/Pace quarterfinal. Game time from Merrimack Stadium is set for 4 p.m.

For the second straight week, freshman attack Haley Bartlett of the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league on Tuesday.

Bartlett adds another accolade to her impressive debut campaign with the Warriors. More importantly, she has been a major contributor on a team that has enjoyed a banner year, as the Warriors won their final two games of the regular season last week to set the program’s single-season wins record. Merrimack heads into the postseason with a 13-4 overall record and finished fourth in the NE10 standings.

Bartlett had an even 10 points last week — second most on the team — with a pair of five-goal games, one shy of her single-game high on each occasion. Those efforts contributed to a pair of wins for the Warriors to close out the regular season.

On the whole, Bartlett has had 11 games with three or more goals in the regular season, including a six-goal outing and five five-goal performances. She had a pair of seven-point performances, as well, and finished the regular season ranked 10th in the league in total goals (52) and 18th in points (63). She has added 11 assists in addition to those 52 markers.

Merrimack will host the NE10 Quarterfinals tomorrow (May 2) against the University of New Haven. First whistle from Merrimack Stadium is set for 6 p.m.

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