Men's Soccer

No. 24 Merrimack Falls to SNHU in NE-10 Semifinals

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – The fifth-seeded Merrimack College men’s soccer team’s bid for a Northeast-10 Championship ended on Friday night, as the Warriors lost to top-seeded Southern New Hampshire, 2-0.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 0 | Southern NH 2
Records: Merrimack (13-4-2, 8-3-2 NE-10) | Southern NH (16-1-1, 11-1-1 NE-10)
Location: Larkin Field | Manchester, N.H.

What They Said
Head coach Tony Martone: “Southern New Hampshire proved tonight why they are one of, if not the, best teams in the country. The guys gave it their all, but in the end SNHU got the better of us. I’m proud of the way the guys competed in a difficult environment to play in.”

How It Happened
After tying SNHU earlier this year, when they were ranked as the No. 1 team in the country, the Warriors looked to upset the top-seeded team in the NE-10 Championship.

The contest did not begin well for the Navy and Gold, as the Penmen scored in the sixth minute courtesy of Kenny Doublette’s 13th tally of the season.

The rest of the first half would go by scoreless. The Warriors were outshot, 7-1, but the only attempt the Penmen put on the net of three-time NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year Jose Silva (Northborough, Mass.) was the shot that Doublette scored on.

Silva kept the Warriors in the game for most of the second half, making two saves over the first 15 minutes. In the 60th minute, Doublette would attack again, breaking in behind Merrimack’s backline to score his second of the night.

The Navy and Gold could not come back. The Warriors only totaled three shots, including two in the second half, but none challenged Penmen goalkeeper Dom Dimaggio.

The Penmen advance to play for the NE-10 Championship on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Inside The Numbers
With less than 15 minutes to go in the contest, Tony Martone elected to replace Jose Silva with freshman Lucas Rezende (Weymouth, Mass.). The rookie totaled two saves in nearly 14 minutes of action
Juniors Julio Leon Garcia (Caracas, Venezuela) and Douglas Searl (Westford, Mass.), along with sophomore Jaime Cortes Torres (Seville, Spain), recorded shots for Merrimack
2014 Northeast-10 Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Schedule:
Tuesday, November 4 – Quarterfinals

Match 1: #1 Southern New Hampshire def. #8 American International – 1-0
Match 2: #5 Merrimack def. #4 Stonehill – 2-1
Match 3: #2 Southern Connecticut def. #7 Franklin Pierce – 5-0
Match 4: #3 Adelphi def. #6 Le Moyne – 2-1

Friday, November 7 – Semifinals (at high seeds)
Match 5: #1 Southern New Hampshrie def. #5 Merrimack – 2-0
Match 6: #2 Southern Connecticut def. #3 Adelphi – 2-1

Sunday, November 9 – Championship (at high seed)
Match 7: #2 Southern Connecticut vs. #1 Southern New Hampshire – 1:00 p.m.

Up Next
The Warriors will await to see if they will advance to play in the NCAA Tournament, as the field will be announced on Monday night. The Warriors were tabbed No. 3 in the most recent East Regional rankings.

About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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