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Ford’s Late Winner, Rooney’s Big Game Pushes Men’s Lacrosse Past Mountaineers

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EMMITSBURG, Md. – The Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team got the last laugh Saturday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium, as it won a back-and-forth battle against Mount St. Mary’s, 12-11.     

The Warriors scored the game’s final two goals in the last six minutes, including Joey Ford III’s first collegiate tally with 2:21 to play to knock off the host Mountaineers. Christian Thomas originally tied the game with 5:33 to go to complete his hat trick and four-point effort.

Offensively, Jack Rooney continued his stellar sophomore campaign with five goals and an assist and Sean Black had a team-high four assists to go along with a goal for five points.

A key storyline of the day was the play of freshman, Karl Sutter. He owned the midfield with a game-high 13 ground balls and won 19 of his 27 faceoffs to lift the Warriors.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 12, Mount St. Mary’s 11
Records: Merrimack (4-4, 3-3 NEC) | Mount St. Mary’s (2-8, 0-4 NEC)

Rapid Recap

  • Merrimack ran out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening five minutes and Jack Rooney factored into both tallies. He finished a cross-crease dish from Black at 12:15, then fed Thomas from X at 11:14 to get the Warriors rolling.
  • The hosts leveled the score at two with a pair of goals 44 seconds apart that ended at the 5:45 mark, but Merrimack answered quickly with a couple of its own.
  • Jack Rooney tallied his second of the game just 37 seconds after the Mountaineers’ equalizer, then Aiden Glover pushed the lead to two at 4:34 when he corralled a Drew Hailey pass and quickly fired one home. 
  • Mount St. Mary’s added a late goal to end the first quarter down by one, then tied it at four under two minutes into the second quarter.
  • Thomas reclaimed the lead for Merrimack again at 9:54 on the man-up when Black threaded the needle for a perfect pass just in front of the cage.
  • The Mountaineers came alive after that to the tune of a 3-0 run, but Jack Rooney put a stop to that with his hat trick goal on a hard fought wraparound finish to the right of the cage with 4:23 left in the half. 
  • Mount St. Mary’s replied with 19 seconds to play in the half to claim an 8-6 lead after 30 minutes of play.
  • The lead was short lived thanks to an energized response from the Warriors. Black made it a one-goal game just over two minutes into the third when he barreled his way to the cage from the far alley, then Jack Rooney had another wraparound finish at 9:31 to draw the teams even. 
  • The back-and-forth finish was truly on from there. The Mountaineers reclaimed the lead a couple minutes after Rooney’s goal, but it did not last long. Rooney’s fifth came at 4:59 off a Thomas pass to tie it, then Hailey had a missile from the near side that just snuck under the bar to give the Warriors the lead. 
  • Merrimack closed the third with a 10-9 lead, then the teams played scoreless in the fourth until 8:13 to play when the hosts had a 2-0 run that lasted 49 seconds to take the edge.
  • The Mountaineer lead was intact for less than two minutes thanks to Thomas’ hat trick marker on a deep rip from the near side that grabbed the top corner with 5:33 to go.
  • Lifted by a pair of face-off wins from Sutter in the final 5:33, the Warriors were able to setup the game-winner. With two and a half minutes to go, Hailey funneled the ball to Ford in the middle of the field. The sophomore ran around an Aiden Glover pick, took a bump, then unleashed a cross body shot that rippled the net up high. 
  • Mount St. Mary’s had a shot hit the post, get blocked and go wide in the dying moments, as Merrimack held on for its second straight conference victory.

Notes and Numbers

  • For the fourth straight game, Henry Vogt finished with a .500 save percentage or better on the game with 12 saves.
  • Jack Barron, Tommy Rooney, Chris Willox and Michael Ferrara all had one caused turnover.
  • Already the program’s all-time leader in assists entering the season, Black now has 160 helpers in his historic Merrimack career.
  • Thomas now has 22 points on the year and is nine back of Corey Lunney ’13 for third all-time at Merrimack with 229.
  • Jack Rooney claimed the team lead in goals (20) and points (28) in the game.
  • Shots: 43-32 MSM (23-23 SOG)
  • EMO: Merrimack: 3-5 // MSM: 0-1
  • Faceoffs: 19-8 Merrimack // Ground Balls: 30-26 Merrimack
  • Turnovers (CT): 17-10 Merrimack (12-4 MSM) // Clears: Merrimack: 16-19 // MSM: 18-20

Up Next
The Warriors return to Duane Stadium for their final home game of 2021 Apr. 17 against Sacred Heart. Face-off is slated for 1:00 pm.

For continuing coverage of Merrimack College Athletics, visit MerrimackAthletics.com and follow the Warriors on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

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