NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Trailing by two goals early in the second quarter, the fifth-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team outscored visiting Bentley by a 17-4 margin the rest of the way and stormed past the Falcons as part of a 19-8 Northeast-10 Conference victory on Wednesday night at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: Merrimack 19, Bentley 8
Records: #2 Merrimack (6-2, 4-2 NE10) | Bentley (3-3, 2-2 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
- After taking an early 1-0 lead, Merrimack watched as Bentley scored the next three goals of the game, as the Falcons carried a 3-1 edge into the second frame.
- Merrimack and Bentley traded goals early in the second quarter to keep the Falcons’ lead at two (4-2), but the Warriors turned that deficit into four-goal lead thanks to six uninterrupted markers to close out the half, as the home side entered the locker room with an 8-4 lead.
- The Warriors added to their lead by outscoring the Falcons, 3-1, in the third, to make it a 12-5 game heading into the final stanza.
- Leading by seven with 15 minutes left, Merrimack traded goals until the Warriors ended the game on a 4-0 scoring run to account for the final margin of victory.
Highlights and Notables
- Three different players recorded hat tricks on Wednesday: senior Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.), freshman Charlie Bertrand (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and sophomore Seamus Ford (Walpole, Mass.) all accomplished the trick for the first, third and seventh time this season, respectively.
- Bertrand led all players with four points (3g, 1a), while senior Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) tied his career-high with a three-assist outing.
- Senior John Bassett (Clifton Park, N.Y.), junior Kyle Stenberg (Annandale, N.J.) and freshman Dom Thomas (Wrentham, Mass.) also had multi-goal games, while sophomore Michael O’Connell (Sudbury, Mass.), juniors James Bassett (Getzville, N.Y.) and Eric Coburn (Londonderry, N.H.) and senior Danny Loprete (Watertown, Mass.) all scored once on the night.
- Loprete set a new single-game high with a two-point outing (1g, 1a), while Coburn and Thomas all tied their career-highs in scoring.
- The offensive output was the second-highest in a single game this season, trailing only the 20 goals Merrimack scored against Saint Michael’s on March 28.
Team Leaders (MC // BEN)
- Points: Bertrand (4) // Nicolas Racalbuto (4)
- Goals: Allen/Bertrand/Ford (3) // Racalbuto/Shane Deboer (3)
- Assists: Towler (3) // Gordon Purdie Jr. (3)
- Faceoffs: Blake Boudreau (15-of-26) // Mark Andrejack (11-of-24)
- Ground Balls: Boudreau (11) // Mark Andrejack (6)
- Caused Turnovers: Two players (2) // Joseph Catalanotti (2)
- Saves: Edward Hellier (8-for-16) // Ben Bath (10-for-28)
Team Comparisons (MC // BEN)
- EMO: 1-2 // 2-4
- Shot Attempts (SOG): 47 (29) // 27 (16)
- Ground Balls: 46 // 41
- Clears: 19-26 // 8-18
- Turnovers: 10 // 27
Merrimack heads back on the road to take on the College of Saint Rose on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.