Top-Ranked Merrimack Comes Up Short at No. 2 Le Moyne
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The top-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of second-ranked Le Moyne College on Saturday at Ted Grant Field, as the Warriors were held to just one second-half goal in an eventual 8-5 defeat in Northeast-10 Conference action.
- Merrimack had the game’s first two goals, as sophomore Dom Thomas and senior Jack Trask found the twine a minute apart to stake the Warriors an early 2-0 lead. Le Moyne would draw even with goals at 8:01 and 2:56, but sophomore Charlie Bertrand gave the Warriors the lead with only 16 seconds left in the quarter, as the visitors held a 3-2 edge after 15 minutes
- That, however, was the last time Merrimack would lead all game; Le Moyne drew even at 3-3 midway through the second quarter and went ahead temporarily with 4:44 remaining in the half. Freshman Christian Thomas took a feed from Bertrand and buried it a minute later to tie the game again, but the Dolphins took a lead they would never relinquish with 42 seconds left in the half, putting Le Moyne in front by a goal (5-4) at the midpoint.
- Two early third-quarter goals for the hosts ultimately wound up being the difference, as Jake Lewis and Josh Slowinski scored 25 seconds into the second half and then again about 90 seconds later to give the Dolphins a three-goal lead (7-4). Senior Kyle Stenberg took a pretty feed from Christian Thomas and buried the only man-up goal of the game with 10:23 to play in the third, and that was the final score of the third quarter, as the Warriors were two goals within reach (7-5) after 45 minutes.
- The Dolphins added an insurance goal with 9:24 to play, and defensively yielded nothing the rest of the way, as the Warriors would be held to under 10 goals for the first time all year en route to their first defeat of the season.
- Three different Warriors shared the team lead with two points on the afternoon, as Bertrand, Christian Thomas and Dom Thomas all had a goal and an assist.
- Stenberg and Trask had the only other two goals for the Navy and Gold.
- Junior Ryan Burke set a new career-high with three caused turnovers to highlight a fine defensive performance; he was one of six Warriors to cause a turnover on the day, as the team finished with eight total disruptions.
- Senior Blake Boudreau went 9-for-17 (.529) on the X, holding a slight edge in the faceoff battle against Le Moyne’s duo of Joe Cerio (5-10) and Kendall Vecchio (3-6). He also led the Warriors with four ground balls.
- Freshman Peter Brown recorded eight saves in net, tying his career-high.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack was held to a single-digit score goal for the first time since a 12-9 loss at Adelphi last April 1, 2017; its five goals were the fewest in a game since an 8-4 loss at Le Moyne in the 2016 NCAA Semifinals on May 21, 2016.
- Despite not recording a point for the first time this season, freshman Sean Black remained in a tie for first place in the NE10 in scoring with 27 points. Brown now ranks third in the league in goals against average (5.77).
- Merrimack turned the ball over a season-high 16 times and attempted a season-low 26 shots against Le Moyne on Saturday.
- Merrimack finished 11-of-13 on clears and was outgained in ground balls by six (32-26).
Merrimack continues NE10 play at Bentley for a Wednesday (March 28) night midweek matchup. Game time is set for 7 p.m.