Powered by another strong offensive performance that featured three hat tricks, a four-goal scorer and a six-goal performance, the third-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team improved to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in league play after downing Southern New Hampshire, 19-12, in Northeast-10 Conference action Saturday at Larkin Field.
Score: Merrimack 19, Southern New Hampshire 12
Records: #3 Merrimack (3-0, 2-0 NE-10) | Southern N.H. (0-1, 0-1 NE-10)
Location: Larkin Field | Manchester, N.H.
How It Happened
Looking for a third straight victory to start the year, Merrimack hit the road for the first time this season to meet up against a Southern New Hampshire squad that was playing its first game of the spring.
After both sides traded goals, Merrimack powered its way ahead thanks to four straight goals over the final 5:45 of the first period to take a 5-1 lead into the first break. The Warriors would find the back of the net five times in succession to start the second quarter, and it wasn’t until the 6:06 mark of the frame that SNHU broke up that stretch of nine uninterrupted markers by the visitors.
Merrimack and SNHU would exchange strikes again late in the half, as the Warriors took an 11-3 edge into the locker room at halftime.
The Warriors added five more to their lead in the third before finding the twine three more times in the fourth to wrap up their third straight win to start the season.
Notes and Numbers
- With goal totals of 12, 27 and 19 in each of its first three games, Merrimack’s scoring average now stands at 19.33 goals per game, the third-best unit in the NE-10
- Junior attack Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) tied his career-high in scoring after producing a seven-point outing for the second game in a row, finishing with six goals and an assist
- Classmate John Bassett (Clifton Park, N.Y.) also set a new career-high in points, posting six on a personal-best four markers and two assists
- Senior Ryan Poirier (Warwick, R.I.) also had a hat trick and registered a new career-high with a six-point day (3g, 3a), while junior Jack Trask Colorado Springs, Colo.)and sophomore Kyle Stenberg (Annandale, N.J.) finished with two goals, as well
- Junior Sam Ventresca (Woburn, Mass.) got the win in net with a four-save performance to improve to 3-0, while sophomores Mitch Green (Manchester, N.H.) came into the game in the fourth quarter and added a save, as well
- Junior Blake Boudreau (Amherst, N.H.) was excellent on the X, winning 22-of-27 while scooping up a game-high 16 ground balls
- EMO: Merrimack (4-8) // SNH (3-5)
- SOG: Merrimack – 34 // SNH – 17
- Ground Balls: Merrimack – 40 // SNH – 17
- Clears: Merrimack (11-for-14) // SNH (12-for-17)
Merrimack returns to the turf in three days when it returns home to welcome Saint Michael’s College for a Tuesday (March 8) night matchup at Martone-Mejail Field. First whistle is set for 6 p.m.