NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – In a game that featured 14 different goal-scorers and a dominant effort in all three zones, the No. 3 Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team hit the 20-goal threshold for the second time in four games this season, as the Warriors ran by Saint Michael’s College, 20-6, in Tuesday night Northeast-10 Conference action at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: Merrimack 20, Saint Michael’s 6
Records: #3 Merrimack (4-0, 3-0 NE-10) | Saint Michael’s (0-1, 0-1 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
With sights set on a fourth straight victory to open up the season, Merrimack returned to Martone-Mejail Field for the third time in four games to welcome Saint Michael’s in the two sides’ regular season matchup.
After yielding the first goal of the game to the Purple Knights, Merrimack calmly came right back down and answered just over a minute later to open the floodgates midway through the first quarter. The hosts would outscore the visitors by an 8-1 margin in the opening frame and pumped out 11 uninterrupted tallies before Saint Michael’s finally answered halfway through the second quarter, but by that point Merrimack had built itself an 11-2 advantage.
Two more goals by the Warriors to close out the half would send the home side into the intermission with a 13-2 halftime lead.
Merrimack took the pedal off the metal a bit in the second half, finishing with scoring advantage of 4-2 in the third quarter and 3-2 in the final stanza to seal its 14-goal victory.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack’s most balanced offensive display of the season featured the aforementioned 14 different goal-scorers, five multi-goal performances, and six multi-point efforts
- Junior Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) highlighted the offensive output again with five points (3g, 2a), while four other Warriors found the back of the net twice
- Classmate John Bassett (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and sophomore Dean Prouty (Hanover, Mass.) enjoyed fine evenings, as both posted four-point nights (2g, 2a), setting a new career-high for the latter
- Merrimack’s defense caused six turnovers, including two by a career-high two disruptions by sophomore Eric Coburn (Londonderry, N.H.)
- Sophomore faceoff man Blake Boudreau (Amherst, N.H.) was excellent on the X, winning 17-of-23 (73.91%) matchups
- Sophomore Sam Ventresca (Woburn, Mass.) was brilliant, allowing just four goals over 45 minutes while recording a career-high 11 saves; he gave way to classmates Mitch Green (Manchester, N.H.) and James Biegel (Gorham, Maine), who both split time in the fourth quarter
- EMO: Merrimack (1-4) // SMC (1-3)
- SOG: Merrimack – 40 // SMC – 19
- Ground Balls: Merrimack – 34 // SMC – 28
- Clears: Merrimack (24-for-27) // SMC (14-for-20)
Merrimack will hit the road and travel to Pace on Saturday (March 12) for a 7 p.m. league matchup under the lights against a Setters squad that was receiving votes in this week’s USILA Coaches’ Poll.