No. 2 Merrimack Men’s Lacrosse Runs Winning Streak to Five, Beats Franklin Pierce
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The second-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team ran its win streak to five in a row with another end-to-end victory, as the Warriors swept all three Granite State Northeast-10 Conference opponents with a 14-6 win over Franklin Pierce on Wednesday afternoon at Merrimack Stadium.
- It was all Merrimack out of the gate, scoring three straight to start the contest with three different goal-scorers doing the damage before Franklin Pierce got on the board with 7:18 left in the opening frame. Rookie long stick midfielder James Blaszkow answered with his first collegiate goal and senior Kyle Stenberg added to the Warrior lead with a man-up goal shortly afterward to make it a 5-1 advantage for the hosts after 15 minutes.
- The Warriors didn’t relent, tacking on five more markers while the defense kept the Ravens off the board throughout the entirety of the second frame. Sophomore Charlie Bertrand had two of them, while seniors Hunter Schmell and Bailey Walsh, as well as sophomore Dom Thomas had the other three. Meanwhile on the other end, freshman Peter Brown he stopped all shots he saw as part of a perfect period between the pipes.
- Franklin Pierce scored its first goal in nearly 25 minutes early in the third to get it to 10-2, but that was answered by four straight goals from the Warriors. Rookie Sean Black potted a pair during that sequence, while Bertrand and Stenberg also scored, the latter one being a man-up strike.
- The Ravens scored the only three goals of the fourth quarter, but by that point the game was out of reach, as Merrimack would run its way to its fifth win in a row.
- Merrimack spread the wealth in terms of its offense performance yet again with eight different goal-scorers.
- Leading the way was freshman Christian Thomas, who had a game-high five points on a goal and a game-high four helpers.
- Bertrand and Black had four points apiece, with the former continuing his goal-scoring dominance with four more tallies on Wednesday and the latter going off for an even two goals and two assists.
- Stenberg also had a hat trick to round out the Warriors’ group of multi-goal scorers, and four different Warriors had a goal apiece.
- Senior Blake Boudreau dominated the day again by winning 14-of-17 (82.4%) with 11 ground balls, while seven different Warriors caused a turnover.
- Freshman Peter Brown played 45 impressive minutes in net, allowing only three goals with eight saves before junior Edward Hellier played the final frame.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack fired a season-high 50 shot attempts on Wednesday, while on the other end its goalkeepers recorded a season-high 13 saves altogether.
- Merrimack has scored at least one man-up goal in every game this season.
- Franklin Pierce was the first opponent to score three man-up goals against Merrimack this year.
- The Warriors held their eighth straight opponent to single-digit goals.
- Merrimack has now won the last 21 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 (34), while Black added to his conference-leading total in overall scoring (53 points); he also ranks second in assists (31).
- Shots: 50-27 (27-19 SOG)
- EMO: (MC-FPU): 3-7 // 3-6
- Faceoffs: 16-6 // Ground Balls: 39-33
- Turnovers: 10-16 (7-6 CT) // Clears: 12-14 // 10-14
Merrimack travels to No. 9 Pace University on Saturday (April 14) in a big NE10 matchup beginning at 12 p.m.