BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Despite a historic 12-point outing from junior Charlie Bertrand, who helped erase a four-goal fourth-quarter deficit and then nearly won it with 27 seconds left, the top-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team dropped its first game in nearly a full calendar year after falling in overtime against No. 10 LIU Post on Saturday at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium.
Bertrand, who became the first player in nearly a decade to have 12-plus points in a single game, nearly willed the Warriors to victory as part of a furious fourth-quarter comeback. Down by four goals with 13 minutes left, Bertrand found the back of the net for his seventh of the game to spark four straight strikes from the visitors – three of which he was a factor in.
After junior Dom Thomas – back in the lineup for the first time this season – tied the game off a Bertrand feed with 3:04 left, the latter gave the Warriors their first lead of the game with 27 seconds left. But the Pioneers won the ensuing faceoff, beat the buzzer to send it to overtime and then won it on the opening possession of the extra session to hand the Warriors their first loss of the season and snap a nation-best 16-game winning streak dating back to last season.
Score: LIU Post 17, Merrimack 16
Records: #1 Merrimack (2-1, 0-0 NE10) | #10 LIU Post (3-1, 0-0 ECC)
Location: Bethpage FCU Stadium | Brookville, N.Y.
- The opening quarter was a back-and-forth affair; the hosts took an early 2-0 lead before Bertrand answered with his first two of the afternoon. He would record a hat trick with 17 seconds left, but the Pioneers scored five seconds later to carry a 5-3 lead into the first break.
- Sophomore Sean Black and freshman Max Morrill found the twine in succession to get the Warriors within one (6-5) halfway through the second quarter, but LIU Post scored three of the next four to open up a three-goal edge (9-6). Dom Thomas would have the last laugh in the half, however, recording his first of the year to get the Warriors within two at the 30-minute mark.
- Tallies from Bertrand and rookie Drew Hailey – the first of his career for the latter – countered an early LIU Post score to get the Warriors within a goal early in the third, but the Pioneers built a four-goal lead with three uninterrupted strikes that nearly stood through the remainder of the period if not for Bertrand, who buried his sixth of the afternoon with 18 seconds on the clock to make it a 13-10 affair heading to the final frame.
- LIU Post restored its four-goal lead early in the fourth, but Bertrand’s seventh marker quickly followed to begin Merrimack’s furious comeback. The Thomas brothers would net the next three to draw even; Christian Thomas got on the board 14 seconds later followed by another from Dom Thomas at the 10:48 mark before Christian’s sixth of the year tied the game at 14-all with 8:25 to play.
- After the Pioneers quickly regained the lead, Dom Thomas leveled the ledger at 15-15 with just over three minutes left before Bertrand’s Herculean performance concluded with his career-high eighth tally (and 12th point) of the contest, giving Merrimack its only lead of the game (16-15) with just 27 seconds to go.
- The lead, however, was short-lived; the hosts won the ensuing draw, called a timeout and sent the game to overtime with 13 seconds left, largely thanks to a last-second save on Black that nearly won it for the Warriors. LIU Post would win the only faceoff of overtime, called another timeout and then won it 19 seconds into the extra session.
Notes and Numbers
- Bertrand followed up his first-ever 10-point outing from last Sunday with a 12-point afternoon that included eight goals and four assists. He became the first Warrior to net 12 points in a game since All-American Greg Melaugh ’13 had an identical amount during the 2009 season. Only Greg Rogowski ’09 has recorded more points (16) in a single game than those two.
- In his first outing of the season, Dom Thomas had an impressive debut after netting three goals, accounting for Merrimack’s only other hat trick. Christian Thomas (2g) also had multiple goals, while Black (1g, 2a) finished with three points.
- On the defensive front, senior Dan Cotnoir and sophomore Carlin Joyal combined for five caused turnovers (Black also had two disruptions) as Merrimack set a new season-high with 13 caused turnovers as a team on Saturday.
- LIU Post snapped a six-game losing streak against Merrimack, winning for the first time since 2007. The Warriors still lead the all-time series at 6-5, however.
- Merrimack saw its nation-best 16-game winning streak come to a close on Saturday, falling for the first time since last March 24 at Le Moyne. Merrimack has still won 17 straight games at home, trailing only Colorado Mesa’s 20 straight home wins. The last time the Warriors lost a game at home was on March 18, 2017. That also was the last time Merrimack lost when scoring double-digit goals, snapping a 32-game winning streak in the process.
- Shots: 45-37 (27-27 SOG)
- EMO: 0-1 // 2-2
- Faceoffs: 3-34 // Ground Balls: 21-45
- Turnovers (CT): 9-29 (13-3) // Clears: 19-21 // 12-17
Merrimack concludes its road trip with its first Northeast-10 Conference matchup of the season when it visits Saint Rose next Saturday (March 16) at 1 p.m.