NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – It was a packed Bert Hammel Court on Friday night as the Merrimack College community hosted Midnight Madness, the annual event that marks the beginning of the 2014-15 basketball season.
In addition to the basketball teams, other Warriors’ programs were in attendance, including men’s and women’s track and field, women’s swimming and women’s ice hockey.
“For the third year in a row, the turnout and student support at Midnight Madness was tremendous. We’ve got great fans all over campus, and they showed up with a lot of spirit and excitement,” said women’s basketball head coach Monique LeBlanc. “The support and enthusiasm of the Merrimack community means a lot to our program, and make a big impact on the student-athlete experience.”
Merrimack students and faculty competed against each other in a three-point shootout. Various fans attended dressed in their Halloween-garb as part of the Costume Contest.
“Midnight madeness was a wonderful event and it was great to see all the support from the Merrimack community. The staff that put the night together did a tremendous job and we couldn’t be happier with how everything went,” said men’s basketball head coach Bert Hammel. “I know that our players loved to see the Merrimack community come out, and it means a lot to the program to have such dedicated and devoted fans.”
There was even a half-court shot contest, featuring an opportunity to win a 52-inch HDTV, and a dunk contest as members of the men’s basketball team showed off their high-rising abilities.
Both basketball programs open up the season on Friday, Nov. 14. The men’s team takes on Holy Family University as part of the Bentley Tip-Off Classic at 6 p.m. while the women’s program battles Post University at home at 5 p.m.
Single-game tickets will be available for purchase online, or by calling the Merrimack Athletics Box Office at 978-837-5324. Adult tickets cost $5, while youth/senior tickets cost $3. All tickets are general admission seating.