The second-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team set the tone early and often by scoring the game’s first seven goals and 11 of the first 12 on the way to another convincing victory, this one by a 17-9 margin, over visiting Saint Anselm College in Tuesday night Northeast-10 Conference action at Merrimack Stadium.
Score: Merrimack 17, Saint Anselm 9
Records: #2 Merrimack (7-1, 4-1 NE10) | Saint Anselm (3-3, 2-3 NE10)
Location: Merrimack Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
- Merrimack blitzed its way to a seven-goal first quarter and netted the first seven goals of the contest before Saint Anselm finally got on the board with nine seconds left in the frame. Sophomore Charlie Bertrand had three of them, while four other Warriors netted the rest
- The home side kept piling it on with four goals in the first four minutes of the second, extending their lead to 10 with 11 minutes left in the half. Saint Anselm took a little of that momentum back with three straight goals in the span of two minutes, but the Warriors bookended the half with two out of the final three goals – including an absolutely eye-popping marker from Bertrand – to carry an eight-goal edge (13-5) into the halfway point.
- After an early third-quarter goal by the Warriors, Saint Anselm would get three straight goals to cut the deficit to six and, in the process, get closer than they had been since late in the first quarter, but freshman Sean Black got a goal back with a late goal in the frame to send the Warriors into the final quarter ahead by seven (15-8).
- The Warriors went back up by nine with two goals in the fourth, and the reserves would enter late in regulation, as Saint Anselm did not threaten at all for the rest of the night except for a goal in the waning moments of the contest to account for Merrimack’s final margin of victory.
- Black recorded seven points for the fourth time in his young career, netting a pair while dishing five assists to serve as the catalyst of the high-powered Merrimack offense.
- Bertrand went off for another four goals to highlight three different Warriors with hat tricks. Freshman Christian Thomas and senior Kyle Stenbergalso had three for the home side, while senior Dean Prouty netted his first two goals of the season and junior Michael O’Connell had a pair of markers himself.
- Perhaps the most dominating performance of the night came on the X, where senior Blake Boudreau absolutely dazzled by winning a career-high 24 faceoffs on 28 attempts (85.7%) while tying his career high with 17 ground balls.
- Freshman Carlin Joyal set a career-high with three caused turnovers, while classmate Peter Brown finished with three saves in net.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack tied its single-game scoring high with 17 goals as a team on Tuesday.
- The Warriors also held their sixth opponent of the season to single-digit goals, doing so for the sixth straight game.
- Merrimack has now won the last 19 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 took over first place in the NE10 in goals for the season (28), while Black did likewise in points (41) and assists (25).
- Shots: 40-28 (28-12 SOG)
- EMO: (MC-STA): 1-3 // 0-4
- Faceoffs: 24-6 // Ground Balls: 44-24
- Turnovers: 19-18 (7-6 CT) // Clears: 13-16 // 16-23
Merrimack continues league play at Southern New Hampshire on Saturday, with game time set for 1 p.m.