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Preview: No. 2 Merrimack Hosts No. 6 Adelphi Saturday In Huge Regional Matchup

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 2 Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team will play its penultimate game of the regular season against one of its biggest rivals, as sixth-ranked Adelphi heads to town in a pivotal Northeast-10 Conference clash on Saturday (April 21) at Merrimack Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m.

NE10 TOURNAMENT PICTURE
Top-six qualify for tournament; seeds 1-2 receive byes, seeds 3-6 play in first round 5/1; semifinals are 5/4; final is 5/6)

1. Le Moyne (9-0) H2H vs. MC
T2. Merrimack (8-1)
T2. Adelphi (8-1)
4. Saint Anselm (6-3)
T5. Assumption (5-4)
T5. Pace (5-4) H2H vs. STR
7. Saint Rose (4-4)
8. Franklin Pierce (3-6)

BEER GARDENS AVAILABLE FOR HOME GAMES
Merrimack is pleased to offer a 21 Beer Garden on the stadium patio for all home men’s lacrosse games (opposite the press box side, closest to the Merrimack Athletics Complex). The patio opens one hour before faceoff and closes at the end of the third quarter. Light snacks are also available for purchase.

YOUTH DAY
The men’s lacrosse team will host its annual Youth Day on Saturday. The game is FREE to attend, and all youth members/teams in attendees will have the opportunity to join the Warriors as they run out onto the field during pregame introductions in a high-five tunnel. FREE t-shirts will be handed out to youth players and teams while supplies last! After the final whistle, youth players can participate in a meet-and-greet with members of the team. A picture and autographic session will also be held, and team photos will be provided for free.

Other activities include a dunk tank throughout the game in the vicinity of Merrimack Stadium; fans are encouraged to bring their lacrosse sticks and test their accuracy at the dunk tank target! There will be a number of skill-testing stations set up throughout the facility as well throughout the afternoon.

INTERESTED IN A HALFTIME SCRIMMAGE? Contact Will O’Leary at olearyw@merrimack.edu if interested!

LAX FOR LEUKEMIA
Fans will notice that, on Saturday, the men’s lacrosse team will don commemorative orange ribbon decals during its game vs. Adelphi.

The reason for doing so is to commemorate the fact that Merrimack – with the guidance of alum Jamie Fagan ’10 – is participating in Lacrosse for Leukemia initiative whose goal is to raise money that will be used to find a cure for cancer.

Fagan is a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2018 Man of the Year (MWOY). This campaign consists of a select group of individuals who come together to raise money that will be used to find a cure for cancer. Every dollar raised is an opportunity to find a cure for cancer. The men’s lacrosse program will actively participate this Saturday and asks all fans to help Jamie reach his ambitious fundraising goal of $30,000 by June 21, 2018 in honor of his mother Janice, and in memory of his Aunt Dianne. To donate, please click here.

There will be a table in Merrimack Stadium setup throughout the game to accept donations via cash or electronically, as well as a 50-50 raffle, whose proceeds will benefit the LLS.

FREE RALLY TOWELS
Zeta Tau Alpha is pleased to announce that it will be handing out FREE pink towels and pins prior to Saturday’s game to benefit Breast Cancer research! The sorority will also be promoting breast cancer education and awareness throughout the game and will be connecting donations to support the fight against breast cancer, as well.

Inside the Series:

  • Merrimack is 10-7 all-time against Adelphi and has won four of the last five meetings.
  • Most recently, the Warriors picked up their biggest win in the all-time series, a 17-9 blowout win – on the road, no less – in last year’s semifinal round of the NCAA Championship. That came after the Panthers had taken the regular season meeting (12-9) last April at Motamed Field.
  • Merrimack’s last win at home against Adelphi was a 14-13 triple-overtime thriller in the semifinal round of the 2016 NE10 Championship.
  • The Warriors have won both NCAA Tournament games played between the two schools.
  • Merrimack is 7-2 at home against Adelphi all-time and 3-5 on the road.

Last Time Out:

  • The second-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team found itself in a defensive battle for most of Tuesday night’s Northeast-10 Conference matchup with an upstart Assumption squad, but the Warriors pulled away late in an eventual 10-5 victory over the Greyhounds. The win was the seventh straight for the Navy and Gold, who held their 10th straight opponent to single-digit goals as part of the victory. Click here for full recap.

Poll Watch:

  • Merrimack enters the week ranked No. 2 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll. It was No. 1 during a four-week span and has been no lower than second all year.
  • As is usually the case, the Warriors have faced plenty of the nation’s top programs this year, as seven other schools that are on Merrimack’s schedule are also ranked in this week’s poll.
  • The Warriors have already NYIT (ranked eighth when they played), LIU Post (12), Le Moyne (2) and Pace (9) and are yet to face Adelphi (6). Saint Anselm is ranked 20th but was not ranked when the two schools played.

‘Mack Facts:

  • Merrimack (11-1, 8-1 NE10) leads the NE10 in scoring offense (14.25) and ranks third in defense (7.42) and also boasts the seventh-best man-down defense in the country (80.9%) and 25th-best man-up offense (36.1%).
  • Freshman Sean Black (62 points) leads all Warriors on the offensive front with 25 goals and 37 assists. He ranks first in the league in assists and in overall scoring. His 3.08 assists per game figure ranks second nationally and scoring average (5.17) ranks seventh.
  • Sophomore Charlie Bertrand, meanwhile, is the league leader in goals scored (41), ranking sixth nationally in goals per game (3.73).
  • Senior Blake Boudreau has won 182-of-263 on the X (.692) as Merrimack’s primary faceoff man, ranking eighth nationally and first in the NE10 in faceoff win percentage. He ranks sixth nationally and first in the NE10 averaging 9.17 ground balls per game.
  • Seniors James Bassett, reigning USILA Defensive Player of the Year, and Eric Coburn lead the Warriors defensively with 10 and 12 caused turnovers, respectively.
  • In net, freshman Peter Brown has started the last 10 games and has been solid, posting a 5.90 goals against average (2nd/NE10) and .519 save percentage in that span.
  • Merrimack has won the last 23 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.

Scouting Adelphi:

  • Adelphi enters Saturday with a 9-2 record, and its only league loss in nine tries was against Le Moyne, although it needed overtime to top Bentley its last time out.
  • The Panthers rank third in the NE10 in scoring offense (13.82) and own the third-best scoring defense nationwide at 6.91 goals per game (2nd/NE10).
  • Lead scorer Dylan Crossan is the nation’s top-ranked playmaker, averaging 3.09 assists per game, and has 46 points total (12g, 34a).
  • Mark Andrejack has won 142-of-208 faceoffs (.683) and leads Adelphi with 96 ground balls. Sean McGovern and Jack Thomann both have a team-high nine caused turnovers.
  • Brendan McDougal’s 6.64 goals against average is the third-best nationwide while also sporting a .560 save percentage in 11 starts.
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October
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6 - vs. Lake Superior State (7pm)
27 - vs. UMass (Homecoming) (7pm)

December
28 - vs. Denver (7pm)
31 - vs. Colorado College (4pm)

February
22 - @ UMass Lowell
23 - vs. UMass Lowell

Date Undetermined
TBD - @ Bentley
TBD - vs. Holy Cross

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