No. 2 Merrimack Men’s Lacrosse Blows Out No. 9 Pace
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Senior Kyle Stenberg became the second active player to hit the 100-point career milestone as part of yet another all-around dominant showing for the second-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team, which eased by ninth-ranked Pace in impressive fashion by a 17-5 score in Saturday afternoon Northeast-10 Conference action at Pace Stadium.
Score: Merrimack 17, Pace 5
Records: #2 Merrimack (10-1, 7-1 NE10) | #9 Pace (5-5, 4-4 NE10)
Location: Pace Stadium | Pleasantville, N.Y.
What They Said
“We’re all buying in right now, and we’re playing selflessly, we’re believing in one another and it’s showing on the field. We knew this was going to be a Pace team that was a little desperate after back-to-back losses to tough teams and they put us on notice early in the game. But we were patient, trusted our system and eventually we were able to pull away. It’s important that we maintain that level of focus going into another huge week with games against two more teams that are near the top of the conference standings.” – Head Coach Mike Morgan
- After Pace opened the scoring just inside of two minutes into the game, Merrimack – and sophomore Charlie Bertrand – tied the game at 10:17 to play in the first and never looked back. Bertrand would single-handedly build the Warriors a 3-1 lead, netting a hat trick with 5:25 to play in the opening frame, and the visitors would net three more after that to take a 6-1 edge into the second quarter.
- Merrimack would stretch its run to eight uninterrupted tallies, as Stenberg – after recording his 100th point by means of an assist on Bertrand’s third goal – netted his first of two goals with 9:21 left in the half, pushing the Warriors to an 8-1 edge. Pace scored for the first time in about 25 minutes with 5:43 left in the half, prompting each team to trade goals before the Warriors closed the half with two more markers in the last two minutes to take an eight-goal lead (11-3) into the break.
- The Warriors added three more goals in the third quarter, outscoring the Setters by a 3-1 margin in the penultimate stanza, with Bertrand netting two more sandwiched around a goal from senior long stick midfielder Eric Coburn, as Merrimack carried a 10-goal lead (14-4) into the last quarter.
- That lead reached as high as 13 goals midway through the fourth before the Warriors emptied the bench, as the Setters would get three late goals before the final horn sounded.
- For the third time in his career – and third time this season – Bertrand finished a game with seven points, as the sophomore led the charge with five goals and two helpers.
- Sophomore Dom Thomas was next up with a career-high five points on three goals and two assists, while senior Jack Trask also had a hat trick.
- Stenberg (2g, 2a) and freshman Sean Black (1g, 3a) were tied for third among all Warrior scorers on the day with four points, while rookie Christian Thomas set up three goals and tied Black for the team lead in assists.
- Senior defender James Bassett scored just his fifth career goal and first of the year as part of the win as well, while Coburn’s tally was just the seventh of his career and second this season.
- Junior Ryan Burke joined Christian Thomas atop the team leaderboard with two caused turnovers, as Merrimack caused nine disruptions in total.
- Senior Blake Boudreau went 13-of-23 (56.5%) on the X, while rookie Davis Cronin won 2-of-3.
- Freshman Peter Brown wound up playing just about more than half of the game, splitting time with junior Edward Hellier; both finished with four saves apiece.
Notes and Numbers
- Stenberg (103 career points) joins Bertrand as the only active Warriors with over 100 career points. The former accomplished the feat in his 53rdcareer game, averaging over 1.94 points per game for his career.
- Merrimack tied its single-game high for total points (30) while setting a new single-game record with 13 assists in the win Saturday.
- Merrimack has scored at least one man-up goal in every game this season.
- Merrimack turned the ball over just nine times on Saturday, one more than its best showing this season.
- The Warriors held their ninth straight opponent to single-digit goals as part of Saturday’s win.
- Merrimack has now won the last 22 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.
- Bertrand added to his league-leading goal total on the year (39), while Black added to his conference-leading total in overall scoring (57 points); he also ranks second in assists (33).
- Shots: 44-24 (30-15 SOG)
- EMO: (MC-PAC): 1-6 // 1-6
- Faceoffs: 15-11 // Ground Balls: 26-23
- Turnovers: 9-10 (9-8 CT) // Clears: 11-12 // 10-12
Merrimack stays on the road on Tuesday (April 14) when it heads to Assumption for midweek matchup. Game time is set for 7 p.m.