MLAX: #6 Le Moyne Tops # 3 Merrimack In Top Showdown

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The third-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of 2015, as the Warriors were toppled by No. 6 Le Moyne College, 12-6, on Senior Day at Martone-Mejail Field. The loss puts Merrimack alone in second in the Northeast-10 Conference standings, while the Dolphins move into first place.

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The Basics
#6 Le Moyne 12, #3 Merrimack 6
Records: #3 Merrimack (6-1, 5-1 NE-10)
| #6 Le Moyne (7-1, 5-0 NE-10)
Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened
Playing through a steady stream of snow and rain showers, Merrimack fell behind by three goals in the first before Le Moyne added two more in the second quarter to carry a 5-1 lead into halftime. The third quarter saw the Dolphins tally four more goals before each side found the net three times in the fourth to account for the final margin.

Senior Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) got the Warriors on the board at the end of the first off a blistering shot from the right side of the circle, and sophomore John Bassett(Clifton Park, N.Y.) and junior Ryan Poirier (Warwick, R.I.) found the twine in the third to make it a four-goal contest (7-3) midway through the quarter.

That, however, was answered by five straight markers from the visitors through the end of the third and into the start of the fourth to build the Dolphins a 12-3 advantage.

Merrimack would close out the contest with three unanswered strikes, as sophomore Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.), senior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.) and junior Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) all scored to round out the afternoon.

Before the game, Merrimack’s nine graduating seniors were all honored in a special pregame Senior Day ceremony: Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.), Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.), Owen Jarem (Clifton Park, N.Y.),Morgan Green (Portsmouth, R.I.), Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.), Ralph Barisano (Westford, Mass.), Carleton Allen (Portland, Maine), Andy Basler (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Nick Dirado (Northville, Mich.).

Inside The Numbers

  • Green earned the starting nod in net and finished with 13 saves, one shy of his career-high; freshman Sam Ventresca (Woburn, Mass.) made his collegiate debut as well and played the final 17:11, turning away three shots
  • Le Moyne outshot Merrimack, 48-31, including a 20-3 edge in the first period alone
  • The Dolphins also won the faceoff battle, winning 11-of-20 draws; sophomore Danny Loprete (Watertown, Mass.) won the final four draws of the game for Merrimack
  • Both sides combined for 28 turnovers (15-13 Le Moyne), while Merrimack caused seven, with junior Scott Corcoran (Haverhill, Mass.) totaling three disruptions and Basler adding two more
  • Merrimack finished a perfect 19-for-19 in clears but came up empty on three man-up opportunities

Up Next
Turning the page to April, Merrimack will play five of its final six regular-season contests on the road starting with a challenging league test at Saint Michael’s this Wednesday (April 1) at 3:30 p.m.

About Mike McMahon 6286 Articles
Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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