|Date||Saturday, Mar. 7, 2020 (1 p.m.)|
|Matchup||Merrimack (1-4, 0-0 NEC)
UMass Lowell (2-4, 0-0 America East)
|Location||Lawler Rink // North Andover, Mass.|
|Multimedia||Live Stats // Video|
|Social||Twitter // Instagram|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After three straight road games, the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team returns to Duane Stadium in North Andover Saturday afternoon for a battle against local rival, UMass Lowell.
Merrimack College Food Truck
The Merrimack College Food Truck is available for fans throughout the game and there will also be wine/beer available for purchase on the sideline opposite the team benches.
Five Things to Know:
- The Warriors had an up-and-down affair at Vermont last Saturday. Merrimack came out hot with a 4-1 lead after the first quarter, but the Catamounts silenced them offensively for the next two quarters and led Merrimack 7-6 after 45 minutes. A quick two goals gave the Warriors a late 8-7 lead, but Vermont struck twice, including one with six seconds left, to squeak out the 9-8 win. Christian Thomas and Jake Holava both had three points to lead Merrimack.
- Peter Brown had a career day in goal against the Catamounts, which was almost enough for the victory. He turned aside 11 of the 20 shots on goal he saw, which was one shy of a career high. Seven of his 11 saves came in the first half to keep Merrimack in the game early. Brown has started every game in net and sports a .456 save percentage and a 12.44 goals against average.
- Although the Warriors carry a 1-4 record into Saturday, that mark is deceiving. In the four losses (Holy Cross, Dartmouth, Fairfield and Vermont), Merrimack has held a lead in all of them at some point and have combined to lead for 59:25 during their losses. That means the Warriors have combined to lead for nearly an entire game during their four setbacks. Merrimack led the most during the Vermont game, where it was ahead for 26 minutes before the Catamounts won late in the fourth quarter.
- Senior Charlie Bertrand is rapidly closing in on history. He’s tallied 16 goals on the season, which leads the Warriors, and brings his career total to 208. He’s now just five goals shy of tying the program record of 213 that was set by Greg Rogowski ’08. Bertrand is also 41 points short of Rogowski’s all-time points record of 313.
- The River Hawks come to North Andover on a two-game slide, as they lost a pair of games last week to UMass and Dartmouth. Lowell fell to the Minutemen by an 11-9 final Tuesday, before the Big Green ran past the River Hawks in a 14-5 rout Saturday. Conor Foley leads Lowell with 21 points through six games, while Dakota Clark holds the team lead in goals with 10. Liam McDonough has taken 90 face-offs so far and has won 45 for an even .500 winning percentage. Hunter Braun has started four games between the pipes and has a .468 save percentage, while Matt Murakami has started the other two games and enters with a .462 save percentage.
Inside the Matchup:
|Merrimack (1-4, 0-0 NEC)||Category||UMass Lowell (2-4, 0-0 America East)|
|2/29 at Vermont (L, 9-8)||Last Game||2/29 vs Dartmouth (L, 14-5)|
The Warriors travel down to Staten Island, N.Y. Mar. 14 for their first ever NEC game against Wagner. Face-off is set for 12 pm.
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