SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Two players combined for 17 points, 13 total Warriors found the back of the net at least once and the team overall matched the most goals scored in a single game in program history, as the sixth-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team recorded a 28-1 victory against American International College to push its winning streak to a season-best four straight games on Saturday afternoon at Abdow Field.
Score: Merrimack 28, AIC 1
Records: #6 Merrimack (9-2, 7-2 NE10) | American International (0-15, 0-10 NE10)
Location: Abdow Field | Springfield, Mass.
- Merrimack roared out of the gate, outscoring AIC by a 9-1 margin in the first quarter alone. The Warriors scored the first four goals of the game before the Yellow Jackets responded. That, however, was the only time the hosts would find the back of the net all afternoon.
- The Warriors piled on 11 more goals in the second quarter, highlighting one of their most successful 15-minute offensive stretches in recent memory. That pushed the lead to 19 heading into the break.
- In the second half, Merrimack would keep the Yellow Jackets at bay with a perfect showing on the back line, while up front the Warriors would net three more in the third quarter and five more in the fourth to close out the contest.
Highlights and Notables
- The 28 goals were the most in a game for the Warriors in program history, tying a mark they set once before. Coincidentally enough, that was also against AIC on the road on March 30, 1999, in an identical 28-1 victory.
- Freshman Tyler Liantonio (Locust Valley, N.Y.) became the first player to record nine or more points in four years, as the rookie finished with six goals and three assists to lead all Warriors with nine points. The last player to do that was Greg Melaugh ’13 in an 11-point outing (9g, 2a) in a 16-11 win against Assumption on April 27, 2013.
- Sophomore Seamus Ford (Walpole, Mass.) was right behind Liantonio on the scoresheet, finding the back of the net a career-best seven times as part of an eight-point afternoon (7g, 1a). He is the first player to record seven or more goals in a game since that aforementioned Melaugh performance four seasons ago.
- With their performances Saturday, Liantonio and Ford become the first Warriors to combine post eight or more points since Melaugh (7-2—9) and Corey Lunney ’13 (6-4—10) combined for 19 points in a 20-5 win at Assumption on April 28, 2012.
- Sophomore Dean Prouty (Hanover, Mass.) also had a hat trick – the first of his career – while finishing with a career-high five points (3g, 2a), while sophomore Michael O’Connell (Sudbury, Mass.) and freshman Dom Thomas (Wrentham, Mass.) had identical 2-1—3 scoring lines to round out the quintet of multi-goal scorers for the Warriors.
- Sophomore Vin Ferretti (Wakefield, Mass.) scored his first career goal in a Merrimack uniform, while rookie Chris Willox (Voorheesville, N.Y.) recorded the first point of his career by means of an assist.
- Junior Blake Boudreau (Amherst, N.H.) was particularly dominant on the X, winning 19-of-21 battles, four wins shy of his career-high.
- Freshman Nick Ponte (North Reading, Mass.) made his first career start in net before giving way to junior James Biegel (Gorham, Maine) in the second half.
Team Leaders (MC // AIC)
- Points: Liantonio (9) // Magliano (1)
- Goals: Ford (7) // Magliano (1)
- Assists: Liantonio (3) // —
- Faceoffs: Boudreau (19-of-21) // Lewis (3-of-32)
- Ground Balls: Liantonio (3) // Allen/Matthews (3)
- Caused Turnovers: Liantonio (2) // Matthews (3)
- Saves: Ponte/Biegel (1) // Sayegh (16)
Team Comparisons (MC // AIC)
- EMO: 2-6 // 0-3
- Shot Attempts/SOG: 60 // 9
- Ground Balls: 14 // 11
- Clears: 12-12 // 15-19
- Turnovers: 14 // 19
Merrimack returns home for the final time this regular season when it hosts Assumption College on Wednesday (April 19) on Senior Night. First whistle from Martone-Mejail Field is set for 7 p.m.
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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