GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team suffered a 12-9 setback on the road against sixth-ranked Adelphi on Saturday. The Warriors dropped their first game against the Panthers in four tries and suffered their first loss on the road this season.
Score: Adelphi 12, Merrimack 9
Records: #2 Merrimack (5-2, 3-2 NE10) | #6 Adelphi (7-1, 5-0 NE10)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.
- In a matchup of the country’s 10th-ranked scoring offense (Merrimack, 14.3) and the third-ranked defense (Adelphi, 5.86), the Panthers followed that script in holding the Warriors to only two goals in each of the first two quarters and tallying four of their own in each frame to grab a four-goal halftime lead (8-4).
- Adelphi outscored Merrimack by a 3-1 margin in the third quarter to up the hosts’ lead to six (11-5), which marked the largest deficit faced by the Warriors in a game this season.
- Merrimack did not go quietly, however; the visitors ripped off three straight goals to cut the deficit in half and had a chance to get within two on a late extra-man opportunity. The Panthers, however, would get a key goal with 2:36 to play, while the Warriors would only get one more from there on out to settle for the final margin of defeat.
Highlights and Notables
- Senior Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) from a two-game absence due to injury and led the Warriors with a season-tying four-point performance with a goal and three helpers.
- Senior Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) and freshman Charlie Bertrand (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) were Merrimack’s only two multi-goal scorers, as Towler posted a pair of goals while Bertrand finished with a three-point outing (2g, 1a). The game snapped a stretch of six straight games with a hat trick for Bertrand and also marked the first time in any game this year that at least one player did not have three goals or more.
- Sophomore Seamus Ford (Walpole, Mass.) also had a multi-point afternoon (1g, 1a), while seniors Hunter Schmell (Woodstock, Vt.) and Bobby O’Brien (Duxbury, Mass.), sophomore Michael O’Connell (Sudbury, Mass.) rounded out the group of Warrior goal-scorers. O’Brien tallied his first goal of the season in the process, while Schmell’s was a highlight-reel strike that came in the first quarter.
- Merrimack was held to a single-digit goal total for the first time this season after scoring no fewer than 11 in the previous six games. The last time Merrimack was held to a single-digit goal total was last year’s NCAA Semifinal at Le Moyne (8-4).
- Adelphi also tied the most goals scored by an opponent this season (Le Moyne – March 18).
Team Leaders (MC // ADE)
- Points: Allen (4) // Nicolas Racalbuto (4)
- Goals: Bertrand/Towler (2) // Racalbuto/Shane Deboer (3)
- Assists: Allen (3) // Gordon Purdie Jr. (3)
- Faceoffs: Boudreau (13-of-24) // Mark Andrejack (11-of-24)
- Ground Balls: Loprete (6) // Mark Andrejack (6)
- Caused Turnovers: Three players (1) // Joseph Catalanotti (2)
- Saves: Edward Hellier (3-for-11)/Nick Ponte (4-for-8) // Brian McDougal (10-for-19)
Team Comparisons (MC // ADE)
- EMO: 1-5 // 3-5
- Shot Attempts (SOG): 51 (19) // 32 (19)
- Ground Balls: 27 // 30
- Clears: 19-21 // 19-22
- Turnovers: 15 // 16
Merrimack returns home to face Bentley University next Wednesday (April 5) at 7 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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