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Preview: No. 24 Merrimack hosts Franklin Pierce in NE10 Quarterfinals

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Following its 32 point season and a second-place finish in the NE10 Conference, the No. 24 and second-seeded Merrimack College men’s soccer team opens the NE10 Championship with a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday night at Martone-Mejail Field at 7 p.m. against seventh-seeded Franklin Pierce.

Ticket Information:

  • Adults – $6
  • Children/Seniors – $4
  • Students (with valid NE10 ID) – $1

2017 NE10 Championship:
Tuesday, October 31st
Quarterfinals – at Higher Seeds
Match 1: #8 Bentley at #1 Adelphi (7:00 PM)
Match 2: #7 Franklin Pierce at #2 Merrimack (7:00 PM)
Match 3: #6 Saint Rose at #3 Southern Connecticut (7:00 PM)
Match 4: #5 Le Moyne at #4 Southern New Hampshire (7:00 PM)

Friday, November 3rd
Semifinals – at Higher Seeds
Match 5: Match 1 winner vs. Match 4 winner Time TBD at Higher Seed
Match 6: Match 2 winner vs. Match 3 winner Time TBD at Higher Seed

Sunday, November 5th
Championship Final at Highest Seed
Match 7: Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 winner (1:00 PM)

Last Time Out:

  • Merrimack defeated Assumption, 1-0, on the final day of the regular season on the road, clinching the second-seed in the NE10 Championship in the process.
  • Junior Lars Sund (Stavanger, Norway) scored the lone goal in the game on a cross from freshman Filippo Begliardi Ghidini (Ravenna, Italy) in the 35th minute. Senior keeper Lucas Rezende (Weymouth, Mass.) made a single save in the contest, coming in the second half.

Earlier This Season vs. Franklin Pierce

  • The Warriors and Franklin Pierce squared off back on Oct. 18, when Merrimack won, 1-0. Senior Mattia Lanzi (Vitberbo, Italy) scored off a turnover by the Raven’s keeper, and then chipping the ball over the keepers head into the open net in the 32nd minute.
  • Rezende came up with three saves in the contest.

The Ravens:

  • Franklin Pierce finished the conference slate with 17 points and five conference wins to finish seventh in the league.
  • The Ravens concluded the regular season with a 3-1 win over Stonehill on Friday.
  • Noam Kolakofsky led the team with 18 points with six goals and six assists, while Jadel Poon-Lewis had a 7-6-2 record in net and four shutouts.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th 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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