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No. 1 Merrimack Men’s Lacrosse Cruises Past No. 12 LIU Post, 15-4

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – With the score tied at 4-4 with just over two minutes left in the second quarter, the top-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team would not allow a goal the rest of the way while scoring 11 of its own, as the Warriors improved to 3-0 on the season with a convincing 15-4 victory over No. 12 LIU Post on Saturday at Merrimack Stadium.

The Basics
Score: #1 Merrimack 15, #12 LIU Post 4
Records: #1 Merrimack (3-0, 0-0 NE10) | #12 LIU Post (2-2, 0-0 ECC)
Location: North Andover, Mass. | Merrimack Stadium
Attendance: 359
Duration: 1:50

Rapid Recap

  • Merrimack ripped off two goals in the first three-plus minutes of regulation to build an early lead, but the Pioneers would score two out of the remaining three first-quarter goals, including one with just 14 seconds left in the frame, to make it a 3-2 lead for the Warriors heading to the second.
  • LIU Post tied it up early in the second, but Merrimack answered halfway through the quarter to go back up by a goal. The Pioneers had another response, tying the game at 4-all with just over two minutes left in the half. That, however, was the last time LIU Post would find the back of the net. Merrimack would take a two-goal lead into halftime with a pair of late strikes, and that momentum would stay with the home side the rest of the way.
  • The Warriors would have all six goals in the third quarter, with two apiece coming from senior Jack Trask and sophomore Charlie Bertrand, as the Warriors tallied their second man-up goal of the game during that stretch as well to make it a 12-4 lead after 45 minutes.
  • Merrimack added three more to round out its offensive onslaught in the final stanza, with senior Bailey Walsh rounding out his second career hat trick; on the other end, freshman Peter Brown turned in a clean sheet over the final 32 minutes of regulation.

Top Performances

  • For the third straight game to start his college career, rookie Sean Black led all Warriors in scoring with six points on two goals and four helpers.
  • Walsh and Bertrand posted hat tricks – the latter doing so for the third time this season and the former doing so for the second time in his career – to represent the Warriors’ top goal-scorers. Black, Trask, seniors Hunter Schmell and Blake Boudreau and junior Michael O’Connell also found the back of the net for the home side.
  • Freshman Christian Thomas was another top playmaker for the Warriors in dishing a career-high three assists, one shy of Black for the game lead.
  • Brown was stellar in net, allowing just four goals while pitching a shutout over the final 32 minutes of the contest. He made eight saves in what was his first collegiate start.
  • Boudreau dominated the X, winning two thirds of the draws against (14-of-21), while senior and long stick midfielder Eric Coburn recorded a team-high seven ground balls, tying his career-high. He was also one of four Warriors to cause two turnovers.

Notes and Notables

  • Black moved into sole possession of first place in the NE10 in scoring after his six-point outing; he now has 20 points on the year (7g, 13a). Bertrand remained first in the conference in goals (12) and sits fourth in overall scoring (16).
  • Merrimack out-shot LIU Post by a 40-22 margin and limited the Pioneers to only 12 shots on net. Merrimack also finished 2-for-3 in man-up opportunities, won 16-of-23 faceoffs and outgained LIU Post in ground balls by a 39-22 margin.
  • Merrimack has won the last 15 games it has scored 10 or more goals in; its last loss when posting a double-digit scoring total was in double overtime against Le Moyne (12-11) on March 18, 2017.
  • The Warriors were 14-of-16 on clearing attempts on Saturday, as well.
  • Merrimack won its sixth straight game against LIU Post, with Saturday’s result being the most lopsided win in that span.

Up Next
Merrimack concludes its three-game homestand and opens its Northeast-10 Conference slate next weekend when it plays host to the College of Saint Rose at 1 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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