NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 2 Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team will begin pursuit of its third league championship and first in eight years when it welcomes a familiar foe to campus for the semifinal round of the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship, as the Warriors battle fourth-ranked Adelphi on Friday afternoon at Merrimack Stadium. Game time is 4 p.m.
Students w/ valid NE10 ID: $1
Note: Ticket sales are cash only. Tickets are required for admission to beer garden.
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.
Merrimack in the NE10 Championship
- Merrimack is making its 20th appearance in the league tournament, second only to Le Moyne’s 22 appearances (including this spring), and is 18-17 in the NE10 Championship.
- The Warriors have advanced to the semifinal round of the tournament 19 times – including 14 straight – which again is second only to Le Moyne’s 20.
- Merrimack has also advanced to 11 NE10 Finals (behind Le Moyne’s 17).
- Merrimack has won the NE10 Tournament in two previous seasons (2000, 2010); only Le Moyne (13), Bentley (3) and Adelphi (3) have more league championships.
- Merrimack has finished as the tournament’s runner-up a league-high nine times, most recently in 2016 when it dropped an 8-6 decision at Le Moyne.
- The Warriors will also look to become the first team not named Adelphi or Le Moyne to win the league tournament since their last title in 2010.
- Since 2000, the only team not named Le Moyne, Merrimack or Adelphi to win the NE10 title was former conference member Bryant in 2008.
Inside the Series:
- Merrimack is 11-7 all-time against Adelphi and has won five of the last six meetings.
- Most recently, the Warriors won a 10-9 thriller less than two weeks ago (April 21) in North Andover, their second straight win over the Panthers.
- Last season, Merrimack picked up their biggest win in the all-time series, a 17-9 blowout – on the road, no less – in the semifinal round of the 2017 NCAA Championship. That came after the Panthers had taken the regular season meeting (12-9) last April at Motamed Field.
- The last time the two teams met in the NE10 Championship 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 8-2 at home against Adelphi all-time and 3-5 on the road.
Last Time Out:
- Second-ranked Merrimack honored its eight seniors and then rolled to a wire-to-wire victory over Saint Michael’s College last Saturday afternoon, finishing the regular season with 13 wins. The Warriors led by a 14-2 score at the half and shut out the Purple Knights over the final 30 minutes en route to a 20-2 blowout. Click here for full recap.
- 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 played NYIT (ranked eighth when they played), LIU Post (12), Le Moyne (2) Pace (9) and Adelphi (6). Saint Anselm is ranked 20th but was not ranked when the two schools played. Adelphi is now ranked fourth entering the postseason.
- Merrimack (13-1, 10-1 NE10) leads the NE10 and ranks eighth nationally in scoring offense (14.36) and ranks second and fourth, respectively, in scoring defense (7.14). The Warriors boasts the fifth-best man-down defense in the country (82.0%) and 18th-best man-up offense (36.8%). The Warriors have held 12 straight opponents to single-digit goals.
- Freshman Sean Black (70 points) leads all Warriors on the offensive front with 29 goals and 41 assists. He ranks first in the league in overall scoring and second in assists. His 2.93 assists per game figure ranks second nationally and scoring average (5.00) ranks sixth.
- Sophomore Charlie Bertrand, meanwhile, is the league leader in goals scored (46), ranking fifth nationally in goals per game (3.54).
- Senior Blake Boudreau has won 205-of-306 on the X (.670) as Merrimack’s primary faceoff man, ranking ninth nationally and second in the NE10 in faceoff win percentage. He ranks seventh nationally and first in the NE10 averaging 9.21 ground balls per game.
- Seniors James Bassett, reigning USILA Defensive Player of the Year, compliments classmate Eric Coburn and juniors Ryan Burke and Dan Cotnoirto form a formidable backline. All four have double-digit caused turnovers, with Coburn leading the way with 14.
- In net, freshman Peter Brown has started 12 of the team’s 14 games and has been solid, posting a nation-best 6.12 goals against average and .504 save percentage in that span.
- Merrimack has won the last 25 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.
- Adelphi enters Saturday with an 11-3 record, with its only losses in league play coming against top-ranked Le Moyne and No. 2 Merrimack. They dispatched Pace in the opening round of the conference tournament to reach the semifinals.
- The Panthers rank third in the NE10 in scoring offense (13.36) and own the fifth-best scoring defense nationwide at 7.29 goals per game (3rd/NE10).
- Lead scorer Dylan Crossan is the nation’s top-ranked playmaker, averaging 3.00 assists per game, and has 57 points total (14g, 43a). Nicolas Racalbuto has a team-leading 37 goals, one of four Panthers with 20-plus tallies on the year.
- Mark Andrejack has won 190-of-269 faceoffs (.706), good for sixth in the nation, and leads Adelphi with 126 ground balls. Justin Napolitano has a team-most 14 caused turnovers.
- Brendan McDougal’s 6.98 goals against average is the fourth-best nationwide while also sporting a .555 save percentage.
Inside the Matchup:
|#2 Merrimack (13-1, 10-1 NE10)||Category||Adelphi (11-3, 9-2 NE10)|
|4/21 vs. #6 Adelphi (W, 10-9)
4/28 vs. St. Michael’s (W, 20-2)
|Recent Games||4/28 vs. FPU (W, 17-9)
5/1 vs. #20 Pace (W, 9-7)
|201-585 (.344)||Goals/Shot Attempts (Sh. Pct.)||187-605 (.309)|
A win would send the Warriors to the championship round of the league tournament, which would be hosted by the highest remaining seed on Sunday, May 6, at a to-be-determined time. Regardless of the result, Merrimack would learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. when the NCAA DII Men’s Lacrosse Championship selection show airs on NCAA.com.