MANCHESTER, N.H. – The No. 2 Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team rolled to a 21-9 Northeast-10 Conference victory at Southern New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon, picking up its fourth straight win in the process.
Score: Merrimack 21, Southern N.H. 9
Records: #2 Merrimack (8-1, 5-1 NE10) | Southern N.H. (3-6, 1-5 NE10)
Location: Penmen Stadium | Manchester, N.H.
- Three different Warriors staked the visitors a 3-0 lead halfway through the opening quarter, with sophomore Charlie Bertrand and seniors Jack Trask and Hunter Schmell doing the honors before the Penmen got on the board. Freshman Sean Black and Trask would bookend the quarter with three more Merrimack tallies to push the Navy and Gold out to a 6-1 edge after 15 minutes.
- Merrimack potted six more in the second stanza, piling on three more goals to stretch its lead to eight (9-1) with less than five minutes gone. Each side then traded goals over the next five minutes before the Warriors closed out the half with the final two scores, including graduate student Paul Spinney‘s first as a Warrior, to send the Navy and Gold into the halfway point with a nine-goal ledge (12-3).
- The Warriors stayed consistent with another six-goal quarter in the third; even more impressively, the goals came from six different players, with senior Kyle Stenberg, Black, junior Michael O’Connell, Bertrand, seniors Bailey Walsh and Dean Prouty all finding the back of the net at least once – with two coming in man-up situations – to stretch the lead to 12 (18-6) heading to the fourth.
- Merrimack pushed its lead to as large as 15 goals after pushing over the 20-goal threshold for the first time this year with redshirt freshman Andrew Johnson, rookie Lee Sipes and Walsh providing the firepower before the horn eventually sounded with the Warriors ahead by 12.
- Black highlighted Merrimack’s offense with a career-best eight points on four goals and four helpers. He was one of six Warriors to record multi-goal outings, with Trask (3g), Walsh (2g), Bertrand (2g), Schmell (2g) and Stenberg (2).
- It was another dominant day for senior Blake Boudreau, who won 19-of-26 faceoffs (73.1%) while adding five more ground balls to his nation-leading total. Rookie Davis Cronin also won 4-of-6 on the X.
- Six different Warriors caused a turnover on Saturday.
- Freshman Peter Brown started the game in net and finished with five says on 11 shots faced over three quarters before senior Mitch Green played the fourth quarter.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack topped the 20-goal threshold for the first time this year in its most productive offensive display in 2018. The last time that feat was accomplished was in the final game of the regular season last spring, a 20-6 win at Saint Anselm, which was one of four 20-goal outings by the Warriors last year.
- Merrimack had 30 points as a team, the most for a single game this year
- The Warriors also held their seventh opponent of the season to single-digit goals, doing so for the seventh straight game.
- Merrimack has now won the last 20 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 (30), while Black now leads the conference in scoring after his eight-point afternoon; his 49 points and 29 assists both lead the NE10.
- Shots: 45-26 (34-15 SOG)
- EMO: (MC-SNHU): 4-11 // 2-7
- Faceoffs: 23-9 // Ground Balls: 24-10
- Turnovers: 8-13 (6-1 CT) // Clears: 8-8 // 5-8
Merrimack returns home to face Franklin Pierce on Wednesday (April 11) at 4 p.m.