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Men’s Lacrosse Comes Up Just Short against Lowell

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team fought hard in the second half, but could not complete its comeback in an 8-6 loss to UMass Lowell Saturday afternoon at Duane Stadium.

Merrimack scored two early goals in the third quarter to tie the game at five, but the River Hawks finished the game on a 3-1 run to claim the victory between the geographic rivals.

The Basics
Score: UMass Lowell 8, Merrimack 6
Records: Merrimack (1-5, 0-0 NEC) | UMass Lowell (3-4, 0-0 America East)
Attendance: 403

Rapid Recap

    • Merrimack started fast when Charlie Bertrand cut inside and found the back of the net for his 17th of the season less than five minutes in.

 

    • The River Hawks put the pedal down and scored the final three goals of the first quarter to claim a 3-1 lead after 15 minutes.

 

    • After another Lowell goal, Jack Barron scored his first collegiate goal with 12:54 to play when he collected a pass from Christian Thomas and quickly fired one home.

 

    • A Lowell man-up goal made it 5-2, but Bertrand had a long-range cannon with 1:35 to play in the half to make it a two-goal game at the break.

 

    • Sean Black put on a clinic to begin the second half. The high-scoring attack man had a personal 2-0 run in the opening eight minutes of the third quarter to tie the game at five.

 

    • The River Hawks had another answer when they closed the quarter on a 2-0 run of their own to make it 7-5 after 45 minutes.

 

    • Back in the lineup after missing a pair of games, Tyler Liantonio took an in-tight pass from Christian Thomas and scored low just 55 seconds into the fourth to make it a one-goal game once again.

 

    • River Hawk goalie Matt Murakami, who finished with 17 saves, and the Lowell defense silenced the Warriors the rest of the way and also added an insurance marker to claim the 8-6 decision.

 

Notes and Numbers

    • Peter Brown made 15 saves in net for the Warriors, which set a career-high. He now has 26 saves in the past two games.

 

 

    • Bertrand’s two goals now puts him just three shy of tying the program’s all-time record set by Greg Rogowski ’09 of 213.

 

    • Allyn French took every face-off for Merrimack and won 11 of 18 for a .611 winning percentage.

 

    • Shots: 42-40 UMass Lowell (23-23 SOG)

 

    • EMO: Merrimack: 0-5 // UMass Lowell: 1-4

 

    • Faceoffs: 11-7 Merrimack // Ground Balls: 32-29 UMass Lowell

 

    • Turnovers (CT): 19-18 UMass Lowell (9-8 UMass Lowell) // Clears: Merrimack: 17-20 // UMass Lowell: 16-22

 

Up Next
The Warriors play their first ever NEC game Mar. 14 when they travel down to Staten Island, N.Y. to face Wagner. Face-off is set for 12 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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