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MLAX: #5 Merrimack Triples Up Saint Rose, 15-5

ALBANY, N.Y. – Fueled by a career outing from junior attack Kyle Stenberg (Annandale, N.J.), the fifth-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team secured its second straight convincing victory after downing the College of Saint Rose, 15-5, in a Saturday afternoon Northeast-10 Conference matchup at the Pulmeri Sports Complex.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 15
, Saint Rose 5
Records: #2 Merrimack (7-2, 5-2 NE10) | Saint Rose (2-8, 1-5 NE10)
 Pulmeri Sports Complex | Albany, N.Y.

Rapid Recap

  • Merrimack started quickly with the first four goals of the game all coming off the sticks of different players, but Saint Rose cut that deficit in half with a pair of markers to make it a two-goal contest (4-2) at the end of the first frame.
  • Saint Rose made it a one-goal game early in the second quarter, but that was the closest the hosts would get the rest of the way, as the Warriors ripped off five uninterrupted goals to close out the half and take a six-goal lead (9-3) into the break.
  • Merrimack scored four of the five goals in the third quarter, extending its lead to nine, and then added two more in the fourth to close out the contest.

Highlights and Notables

  • Stenberg set a new career-high with six points (5g, 1a), matching his previous goal-scoring total that he set in a win over AIC last year.
  • Senior Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) finished a point off his career-high while recording a hat trick and posting five points overall (3g, 2a).
  • Senior John Bassett (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and freshman Charlie Bertrand (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) also had multi-goal outings with identical 2-2—4 scoring lines, while freshman Dom Thomas (Wrentham, Mass.) and juniors Eric Coburn (Londonderry, N.H.) and Bailey Walsh (Derry, N.H.) each found the back of the net once.
  • Coburn was also a force on the back end, leading all Warriors with three caused turnovers.

Team Leaders (MC // STR)

  • Points: Stenberg (6) // Graham (3)
  • Goals: Stenberg (5) // Mello (2)
  • Assists: Three players (2) // Graham (2)
  • Faceoffs: Boudreau (11-of-19) // Johnson (8-of-13)
  • Ground Balls: Coburn (5) // Pariseau (6)
  • Caused Turnovers: Coburn (3) // Slaff (2)
  • Saves: Edward Hellier (4-for-8)/Nick Ponte (2-for-3) // Guiton (10-for-23)/Degener (4-for-6)

Team Comparisons (MC // STR)

  • EMO: 1-3 // 1-2
  • Shot Attempts: 48 // 30
  • Ground Balls: 33 // 26
  • Clears: 20-20 // 15-18
  • Turnovers: 13 // 13

Up Next
Merrimack stays on the road with a trip to Franklin Pierce next Tuesday (April 11). Game time is 3:30 p.m.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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