After lighting up the scoresheet with a career-high five-goal outburst, senior midfielder Ryan Poirier (Warwick, R.I.) of the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team has deservedly been named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Earning his first-ever weekly accolade from the conference, Poirier – who previously had never topped the three-goal threshold in a game throughout his career – went off for five goals, including the eventual game-winner, to help the Warriors topple third-ranked LIU Post in both sides’ season opener on Saturday afternoon in North Andover.
Poirier tacked on tallies on the first and third frames before willing the Warriors to victory with a hat trick in the final quarter. He found the twine early in the period to tie the game; then, after his teammates staked the hosts a three-goal lead before LIU Post got to within one, the senior middie sealed the game’s fate by scoring Merrimack’s final two goals of the match over the final three minutes to wrap up the victory.
Finishing with a game-high 11 shot attempts – including seven on goal – Poirier is the conference’s leader in goals after just one game while sitting in a tie for third in total points (5). The Rhode Island native also set a new single-game career high in scoring, topping his previous high water mark of four points that he posted twice last spring.
After last Saturday’s thrilling season-opening victory, Poirier and the rest of the Warriors open league play against AIC this Sunday at home beginning at 4 p.m.