NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The second-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team honored its eight seniors and then rolled to a wire-to-wire victory over Saint Michael’s College on Saturday afternoon, finishing the regular season with 13 wins. The Warriors, who had already clinched the No. 2 seed in next week’s Northeast-10 Conference Championship, will enjoy a bye until the semifinal round of the tournament, which will be played on campus next Friday.
Score: Merrimack 20, Saint Michael’s 2
Records: #2 Merrimack (13-1, 10-1 NE10) | Saint Michael’s (4-10, 1-10 NE10)
Location: Merrimack Stadium | North Andover, Mass.
- Merrimack staked itself a four-goal lead halfway through the first quarter before the visitors got on the board, but senior Bailey Walshappropriately netted his second of the quarter with nine seconds left to send the hosts into the first break leading by a 5-1 score.
- The Warriors took over the game by scoring nine of the 10 goals scored in the second quarter, including the first eight. Rookie Jack-Henry Smithnetted his first collegiate goal as part of that run, while the Warriors’ usual suspects – sophomore Charlie Bertrand and freshmen Sean Black and Christian Thomas all had multiple goals as part of that run, as Merrimack went into the half leading by a 14-2 score.
- Seniors Kyle Stenberg and Hunter Schmell joined Bertrand and rookie Sean Snyder on the score sheet as part of a four-goal third, while senior Mitch Green took over in net for the second half and was perfect in the third quarter.
- The Warriors emptied the bench and allowed every healthy non-goalkeeper player to see the field, while redshirt freshman Andrew Johnson and Walsh netted two more tallies in the fourth to close out the margin of victory.
- While Merrimack’s top-three scorers heading into the game were at it again on Saturday, what was more impressive was just how much Merrimack spread the wealth, with 12 different goal-scorers and four Warriors who had hat tricks.
- Thomas set a new career-high with a seven-point outing on three goals and four helpers, while Black (3g, 3a) and Bertrand (3g, 2a) were next on the list with six and five points, respectively.
- Walsh, appropriately enough, tied his single-game scoring high and recorded his third career hat trick on Senior Day, while eight other Warriors had one goal apiece.
- Senior Blake Boudreau won 13-of-20 faceoffs and had 10 ground balls to lead the way on the X, while senior Eric Coburn had two caused turnovers, while the rest of the team had eight.
- Freshman Peter Brown started and only had to stop one shot on the three he faced before Green went a perfect 5-for-5 in the second half.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack set a new single-game high in terms of total points with 31 on the day.
- The Merrimack defense held its 12th straight opponent to single-digit goals in Saturday’s win with a season-low two goals yielded, its lowest single-game total since a 28-1 win over AIC last April.
- Merrimack has now won the last 25 games it has scored 10 or more goals in; its last loss when posting a double-digit scoring total was in double overtime against Le Moyne (12-11) on March 18, 2017.
- Bertrand added to his league-leading goal total on the year (46), while Black added to his conference-leading total in overall scoring (70 points) and assists (41).
- Shots: 41-18 (30-8 SOG)
- EMO: (MC-SMC): 2-4 // 0-1
- Faceoffs: 14-11 // Ground Balls: 40-28
- Turnovers: 12-18 (8-3 CT) // Clears: 18-21 // 13-17
Merrimack will enjoy a full week off as it prepares for the 2018 NE10 Championship. The Warriors, who will be the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will have a bye straight to the semifinals, which they will host next Friday (May 4) at 4 p.m. at Merrimack Stadium against either Adelphi or Pace.